Gary Webb: More Pieces

     In The Suicided Puzzle


         By Charlene Fassa

"Any hack can safely rail away at foreign powers beyond the sea; but a good writer is a critic of the society he lives in."
- Edward Abbey
"An open and shut case..."
There comes a time when you just have to stand back and take a look at the big picture. This is one of those times. On the morning of December 10th 2004, 49 year old, Gary Webb was found dead in his modest, recently sold Carmichael, California home. Webb allegedly died from two *self-inflicted* gunshot wounds to the head from a .38 caliber pistol. The Sacramento coroner, Mr. Lyons, hastily ruled Webb's death a suicide heralded by his now infamous pronouncement: "It's unusual in a suicide case to have two shots," he said, "but it has been done in the past, and it is in fact a distinct possibility." Which brings up another possibility, as the Gershwin song goes, that "it ain't necessarily so." I'm referring to the lingering and distinct possibility-- no make that probability-- that Gary Webb was murdered.
  While I agree with Mr. Lyons that it's unusual for a suicide to "have two shots" notice how cleverly Mr. Lyons fails to mention another more important detail such as it's virtually impossible to have a suicide case with two shots to the head via a .38 revolver? Think about that for a moment. Doesn't this deceptive statement make one suspicious that a well orchestrated, top-down cover-up operation is underway? Or is this merely a minor oversight by a government official whose expertise is determining the cause of death? Here's what the iconoclastic, edgy, political commentator Vox had to say on December 23, 2004 about Webb's alleged 'suicide' that had occurred only a few days prior (posted on his website
Vox Excerpts
"... So we need to know who told the coroner to say it was suicide. The coroner knows who told him to say it was suicide and that person knows who told them to say it was suicide, and so on and so forth until you arrive at the group who ordered the hit. But to claim that after the first shot to the face the guy then re-cocks his pistol, aims and fires a second shot - it is impossible for a thinking person to accept this. And anyone with the skills that webb had would get it right the first time. No, this was a hit job... Either way it is impossible for a thinking person to accept... and that is the point.
Since the control mechanisms of human thought have been so completely implemented, there will be no questioning of anything as depicted on the news by the great masses of people, they simply accept, uncritically, that which is broadcast. Yet for the thinking people, the implausibility of the "Two Shot" story being a suicide is PRECISELY the point. They don't want thinking people to accept and believe that it was a suicide, that is precisely WHY they went with the two shot to the face story in the first place... er... third place.
It's designed to put a chill in the spines of those with the sensibilities and experience to detect this targeted threat meme. To put a chill in thinking people's spines. by saying, look, we can do what we want, and there is not a thing anyone can do about it. "just look at poor 'nutjob' gary, ha ha ha, imagine what it must have looked like, him getting off that second shot into his own face, ha ha ha." This is how they think. These are the methodologies of the illuminati, this is the very face of evil." (end of excerpts)
Or this from Robert Chambers of the UK Independent:
"I first heard about Webb eight years ago, ". . . from the Paris-based journalist Paul Moreira. Moreira ­ a senior news producer for Canal Plus ­ has established a reputation for courage and independence of mind in his own foreign reporting, and was recently described by Le Monde as "the Che Guevara of news media." Shortly before I left for Sacramento, Moreira, who knew Webb, had shown me unbroadcast footage which shows the French reporter making a phone call to a media commentator in the US, asking him about Webb's death."
" 'I told Gary not to go near this story," his source replies, in an emotional voice. " 'You do not understand the power of these people,' " he adds, referring to the US intelligence services. " 'Do not quote me. Do not quote me on anything. '"
"You sound very scared," Moreira remarks.
" 'I am scared," the voice replies. ' " 'Look at what happened to Gary Webb. Do something else with your life,' " the voice urges. " ' Like enjoy it.' "
Ted Gunderson: Retired FBI expert in analyzing and reconstructing crime scenes.
On Dec. 1, 2005 I spoke with Ted Gunderson about Webb's death. Mr. Gunderson is a retired FBI agent who enjoyed a distinguished career with the FBI that spanned 27 plus years. Prior to his retirement in 1979 Mr. Gunderson was a "senior special agent-in-charge" with a $22 million annual budget at his disposal and over 700 persons under his charge. Mr Gunderson told me, "my expertise is analyzing and reconstructing crime scenes." He said, "Gary Webb was MURDERED. "He (Webb) resisted the first shot {to the head that exited via jaw} so he was shot again with the second shot going into the head {brain}." I asked Mr. Gunderson what he thought about the "two shots" to the head suicide theory that posits Webb "simply missed " his brain with the first shot, so he had to shoot himself again, this time successfully hitting the brain with a .38 revolver? Without hesitation Gunderson exclaimed, "impossible!"
A colleague and one of Webb's mentors at the "Cleveland Plain Dealer schooled Webb: "The Big One was the reporter's Holy Grail, the tip that led you from the daily morass of press conferences and of cop calls and on to the trail of The Biggest Story You'd Ever Write, the one that would turn the rest of your career into an anticlimax."
" The Big One," Webb recollected, "would be like a bullet with your name on it. You'd never hear it coming." Unfortunately Webb's "Big One" turned out to be two bullets to the head.
Gary Webb speaks at the
Narco News School of Authentic Journalism
Photo D.R. Jeremy Bigwood 2003
Gary Webb believed that journalists were revolutionaries. In 2003 Gary shared his radical perspective about journalists with aspiring Journalism students while a guest instructor/editor at The Narco News School of Authentic Journalism in Mexico. Webb exclaimed: "Journalists are revolutionaries and don't let anyone tell you otherwise," Webb continued, "You have to fight to change the world." In a 2004 article entitled "Gary Webb is Dead," the author, Richard Thieme, revealed: "Gary spoke of his work in terms that I used for ministry. He had been mentored by a journalist who taught him that his work was to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable."
Excerpts from "Gary Webb is Dead"
In May 2000, I {Richard Thieme} was exploring a story with some dark edges to it. I was anxious and needed encouragement to persist. I asked Gary about the consequences of his investigation and its impact on his life. Above all, was it worth it?
"Yes," he said. "The CIA admitted it. I know it was the truth, and that's what kept me going. I knew I was right. He added, "My eyes were wide open. I knew what I was getting into. My kids suffered but I had the paper behind me - I thought." After his paper withdrew its support, he drew on the energy of people who knew the truth of the streets. "Support came from all sorts of places," he said. "Especially African Americans."
And his wife? "She was OK with it," he laughed. "She was used to me getting death threats."
(end of excerpts)
Where Angels Fear to Tread
In a 2004 BBC interview titled: "Voters' views: Gary Webb," (
Webb described himself as as an "author and a responsible anarchist" who, by the way, didn't vote. In other words, Gary had been forced to discard the comforting illusions most of us irrationally continue to harbor, while obsessively clinging to false notions of America as an exemplary, democratic republic with a "free press." It should be clear to most that at the time of his death Gary Webb had evolved into a high profile dissident, a full fledged "enemy of the state." Although it's true Webb wasn't the first journalist to uncover the CIA's extensive involvement in drug trafficking, he was the first mainstream journalist to uncover and publish his well documented findings in a major USA newspaper, revealing to the general public that the CIA's covert participation in drug trafficking had come home to roost in America.
Prior to Webb's "Dark Alliance" series there had been some coverage of the Contra drug story. In the beginning stages of researching "Dark Alliance", Webb had a conversation with Jack Blum, the "Washington D.C. attorney who headed the "Kerry investigation" (Dark Alliance p. 14-15). Blum reminded Webb that Associated Press reporters, Robert Parry and Brian Barger had covered the Contra drug story - " but they'd run into the same problems. Their stories were either trashed or ignored." (Dark Alliance p15). Speaking of Kerry, Webb comments that back in 1987-1988 the Contra Cocaine issue surfaced with a vengeance when a Congressional investigation chaired by Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts had "uncovered direct links between the drug dealers and the Contras." Webb explicates, "Kerry and his staff had taken videotaped depositions from Contra leaders who acknowledged receiving drug profits, with the apparent knowledge of the CIA." (Dark Alliance p.14)
Shortly after his conversation with Blum, Webb contacted Parry to get Parry's take on his unique story angle: the Contra, cocaine LA. connection. Webb reached him by phone. Parry admitted that as far as he knew Webb had stumbled across a fresh story angle, and he explained that the scope of his {Parry} Contra cocaine investigation had pretty much been limited to the "Costa Rica end of things." Webb pressed Parry for any advice or guidance he could offer him since Webb had never reported on a story like this before. Prophetically, like an old gypsy fortune teller, Parry warned Webb that his pursuit of the Contra cocaine story would most likely expose Webb to dangerous, dark undercurrents of power and deception. Parry proceeded to illustrate his prediction with a personally painful cautionary tale that Webb reconstructs in "Dark Alliance."
Parry excerpt:
There was a short silence on the other end of the phone. "How well do you get along with your editors?" Parry finally asked. (Webb) "Fine. Why do you ask?"
"Well when Brian and I were doing these stories we got our brains beat out." Parry sighed. "People from the adminstration were calling our editors, telling them we were crazy, that our sources were no good, that we didn't know what we were writing about. The Justice Department was putting out false press releases saying there was nothing to this, that they'd investigated and could find no evidence. We were being attacked in the Washington Times. The rest of the Washington press corps sort of pooh-poohed the whole thing, and no one else would touch it. So we ended up being out there all by ourselves, and eventually our editors backed away completely, and I ended-up quitting the AP. It was probably the most difficult time of my career." (Dark Alliance p.15)
(end of excerpt)
Another Bad Omen
Ainsworth excerpt:
Webb tracked down Dennis Ainsworth, a San Franscisco Contra supporter who had been interviewed by the FBI back in 1987. Here's what Ainsworth bluntly told Webb:
"Nobody in Washington wanted to look at this. Republican, Democrat, nobody. They wanted this story buried and anyone who looked any deeper into it go buried along with it, " Ainsworth said. "You're bringing up a very old nightmare. You have no idea what your touching on here, Gary, No idea at all."
"I think I've got a pretty good idea," I {Webb} said.
"Believe me, " he {Ainsworth} said patiently, "you don't understand." I almost got killed. I had friends in Central America who were killed. There was a Mexican Reporter who was looking into one end of this, and he wound up dead. So don't pretend you know." (Dark Alliance p.17)
(end of excerpt)
Of course, as we all know Webb listened politely and continued undaunted on "the road less travelled."
The Mighty Wurlitzer (CIA term for controlled media apparatus) and Plutocracy
Former CIA Director William Colby bragged that the CIA "owns everyone of any major significance in the major media."
(MOCKINGBIRD - The Subversion Of The Free Press By The CIA)
Plutocratic Elite Owned Media
And this from the American Free Press:
"In the old Soviet Union, the government controlled the media. Not a word of substance could be published without prior approval from the Bolshevik commissars. Today, in the United States, the situation is starkly similar. But most Americans don't even know it."
"In the United States today, it is a select handful of super-rich families and tightly-knit financial interests-a plutocratic elite-who own the Big Media and who control the government through their ownership of that media. . . ."
"Every single one of the major media outlets is controlled by this powerful interlocking combine." "ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune-even such "regional" giants as The New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Miami Herald, The San Diego Herald-Tribune. . . . The list goes on and on."
"The so-called "mainstream" media is very much a "closed shop" and only those willing to do the bidding of the global power elite need apply. Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather and Peter Jennings and other puppets are just the public faces that the American people see." (end of excerpts)
Call me naive or hopelessly romantic, but I don't think Gary Webb was pining to be a mainstream Poodle reporter for the global elite. He had long ago disqualified himself from the corporate brand of cowed, careerist, narcissistic, and mediocre drivel that impersonates as authentic journalism. Those in the know understood that Webb's courage, integrity, and investigative prowess, as illustrated by the "Dark Alliance" series, posed a formidable threat to the invisible power structure, the fascist global network behind the scenes that controls the USA solely to enhance their bottom line and to advance their neo-feudal, globalization agenda at great expense to the American people and the entire world, albeit unknown to most.
So, do you really believe Webb killed himself because he couldn't get another job at major newspaper? Webb stated during a January 19,1999 Q & A session: "AND I'M PUTTING TOGETHER ANOTHER BOOK PROPOSAL, AND A COUPLE OF OTHER THINGS. I'M NOT GOING TO WORK FOR NEWSPAPERS ANYMORE. I LEARNED MY LESSON." Besides I can't imagine Webb didn't know that he was persona non grata as far as mainstream, investigative reporting was concerned.
Myth of the Free Press
Webb's comment: "Do we have a free press today? Sure. It's free to report all the sex scandals, all the stock market news, [and] every new health fad that comes down the pike. But when it comes to the real down and dirty stuff, stories like Tailwind, the October Surprise, the El Mozote massacre, corporate corruption, or CIA involvement in drug trafficking -- that's where we begin to see the limits of our freedoms. In today's media environment, sadly, such stories are not even open for discussion." (from the book "Into the Buzzsaw" edited by Kristina Borjesson)
Paradise found following your bliss
Webb: " In seventeen years of doing this, nothing bad had happened to me. I was never fired or threatened with dismissalif I kept looking under rocks I was winning awards, getting raises, lecturing college classes, appearing on TV shows, So how could I possibly agree with people who were claiming the system didn't work, that it was steered by powerful special interests and corporations, and existed to protect the power elite? Hell, the system worked just fine, as (far as) I could tell"
Paradise lost following your bliss
Webb continues,
"... And then I wrote some stories that made me realize how sadly misplaced my bliss had been. The reason I'd enjoyed such smooth sailing for so long hadn't been, as I'd assumed, because I was careful and diligent and good at my job. It turned out to have nothing to do with it. The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn't written anything important enough to suppress." (Webb, 'The Mighty Wurlitzer Plays On', in Kristina Borjesson, ed., Into The Buzzsaw - Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press, Prometheus, 2002, pp.296-7)
Gary Webb's First Typewriter
Gary Webb was born August 31, 1955 into a conservative, Catholic military family (his father was a Marine) in Corona, California. He had only one sibling a younger brother: Kurt. After Gary's father retired from the Marines he found work as a security guard in Indiana. So the family relocated to a blue collar neighborhood in Indianapolis. That's when Gary began writing editorials for his school newspaper. It was at the tender age of around 15 that Webb discovered the truth behind the cliched saying " the pen is mightier than the sword" along with his lifelong love of controversy and truth telling.
Webb shares an episode from his younger days that reveals his initiation into the warrior writer caste, while speaking to a live audience (approximately 300) in Eugene, Oregon on January 16, 1999 :
Gary recalled: "I think I was fifteen (1970 or 1971), I was working for my high school paper, and I was writing editorials. This sounds silly now that I think about it, but I had written an editorial against the drill team that we had for the high school games, for the football gamesthey thought it was a cool idea to dress women up in military uniforms and send them out there to twirl rifles and battle flags at halftime. And I thought it was sort of outrageous and I wrote an editorial saying I thought it was one of the silliest things I'd ever seen..."
The editorial caused a brouhaha with the drill team girls who angrily demanded an apology. Naturally Gary refused even after a face to face meeting with the disgruntled ladies. Even after being threatened Gary stood his ground. "And my newspaper advisor called me the next day and said, "Gosh, that editorial you wrote has really prompted a response." And I said, "Great, that's the idea, isn't it?" And she said, "Well, it's not so great, they want you to apologize for it." [Laughter from the audience.]
I said, "Apologize for what?" And she said, "Well, the girls were very offended." And I said, "Well, I'm not apologizing because they don't want my opinion. You'll have to come up with a better reason than that." And she said, "Well, if you don't apologize, we're not going to let you into Quill & Scroll," which is the high school journalism society. And I said, "Well, I don't want to be in that organization if I have to apologize to get into it." [More laughter from the audience, scattered applause.]
Webb's adamant refusal to apologize, under intense peer pressure, to the the girls drill team foreshadowed his refusal decades later to recant, under even more intense pressure, for exposing the truth about the CIA, Contras, and crack/cocaine epidemic with his 1996 "Dark Alliance" series as an investigative journalist for the San Jose Mercury Newspaper. Webb's anecdotal story clearly demonstrates that his core career values never wavered, nor did his stubborn refusal to bow down to authoritative and politically correct dogma, regardless of the consequences.
Not only did Gary stand by his "Dark Alliance" series while at the San Jose Mercury, he eventually went a step further. After having been roundly criticized and eventually ostracized by virtually all the mainstream media pundits, his own newspaper turned against him, underscored by his editor's public denouncement of the series. As a result, Webb was forced to resign from the San Jose Mercury. On his own, Webb expanded his 3 part "Dark Alliance" series into a 500 page plus book, his tour de force : "Dark Alliance", published in 1998. There have been reports from reliable sources that, prior to his death, Webb had uncovered even more material related to his original "Dark Alliance'" investigations, and that he was in the process of completing another book about drug trafficking and the CIA. I believe the primary motive behind Webb's likely murder was to stop him from publishing his next investigative expose'.
After High School (1978-1979) Webb enrolled in Northern Kentucky University as a journalism major. He worked on the staff of the "Northern," the school newspaper. Unfortunately, he was forced by circumstances, specifically due to his father's skipping out on the family, to leave college early in order to help support his mother and younger brother, Kurt. At the time, Gary was living with his girlfriend and former high school sweetheart, Sue Bell. They were living in her parent's basement. Not surprisingly, Gary had a writing gig, at the time, reporting on the rock n' roll beat for a local, weekly rag. Shortly thereafter, Gary and Sue were married in a Unitarian Service. She was just 21 and he was 24. Together they went on to raise three children, two sons, Ian and Eric; and a daughter, Christine. Their marriage lasted an unbelievable, by todays standards, 21 years. Until Sue Bell divorced Webb in 2000.
Gary Webb's career track from the beginning was silky smooth, straight forward, and stunning. His first major career break was landing a job at the Kentucky Post. Early on Webb earned a reputation as an indefatigable researcher who dispensed truth and exposed corruption in a sincere effort to help restore the natural order of good triumphing over evil. Webb's next big break was working as a statehouse correspondent for the Cleveland Plain Dealer where he was nicknamed "the Carpenter", based on his superior ability to nail the facts down. Then circa 1987, Gary hit the big one, a staff position at the San Jose Mercury News, considered one of the top ten daily newspapers in the country. The rest is history, as they say.
Some of Gary Webb's Many Prestigious Awards:
* (1997) Media Hero Award, from the 2nd Annual Media & Democracy Congress.
* (1996) Journalist of the Year, Bay Area Society of Professional Journalists.
* (1994) H.L. Mencken Award, by The Free Press Association for the series in the San Jose Mercury News on abuses in the state of California's drug asset forfeiture program.
* (1990) Pulitzer Prize, in General News Reporting, awarded to the Staff of the San Jose Mercury News for its detailed coverage of the October 17, 1989, Bay Area earthquake and its aftermath. Webb worked with a team of 6 reporters including himself, on the Loma Prieta earthquake.
* (1980) Investigative Reporters and Editors Award (IRE), for co-authoring a 17-part series at the Kentucky Post in Covington, KY with Tom Scheffey on organized crime in the American coal industry.
Introduction to the original Dark Alliance website, August, 1996:
"For the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles and funneled millions in drug profits to a Latin American guerrilla army run by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, a Mercury News investigation has found.
"This drug network opened the first pipeline between Colombia's cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the crack capital of the world."
Note: For those not familiar with the "Dark Alliance" series you can read it here:
The "Dark Alliance" series turned into an explosive, lightning rod of intense controversy
"Protesters demonstrated at CIA headquarters. The Congressional Black Caucus, the NAACP and comedian and activist Dick Gregory demanded an explanation from the CIA, whose spokesman declared the idea of the agency condoning drug operations "ludicrous".
"It was remarkable to think journalism could have this kind of effect on people," he said, "that people were out marching in the streets because of something you'd written." -Webb (as quoted in the L.A. Times)
"The day I will never forget was the day he told me about this link between cocaine traffickers and the crack epidemic of the '80s and the CIA's organized, right wing, Contra army of that era," Sue Bell, Gary's wife at the time said. "He was as amazed as all of us when he discovered the link. He threw himself into the story, doing what he loved to do best, exposing the truth."
Sue Bell (
The unexpected public reaction was the result of a year long investigative effort by Webb while working for the San Jose Mercury News in 1995 and 1996, culminating in the three-part expose' called the "Dark Alliance Series." Webb had uncovered the dark alliance between the CIA, the Nicaraguan Contras and the etiology of the 80's crack, cocaine epidemic in America that initially manifested in and devastated California's South-Central Los Angeles African American community. "The 20,000-word investigative series claimed that Nicaraguan drug traffickers based in San Francisco had sold tons of cocaine in Los Angeles ghettos during the 1980s and used the profits to fund the CIA-supported Nicaraguan Contras. Webb never accused the CIA of aiding the drug dealers, but he implied that the Agency was aware of the transactions."
At first the newspaper version of the story was pretty much ignored by the mainstream national press, "a deafening silence" prevailed. Their stance seemed to be characterized by a cautious wait and see attitude, or first ignore the story then attack if need be. Isn't it conceivable that the public's interest in the story was carefully monitored by the establishment? Then, armed with the public's reaction, and given the time necessary, Webb's series could be dissected and its weakest points found and attacked, enabling the power elite to discredit the entire story. That is the perfect way to cast aspersions on the entire piece's unassailable basic premise while pretending to be objective. The Dark Alliance series had also been posted on the Mercury News website, where like a volcano, the story eventually exploded across America and the world via the internet. Its aftershocks rumbled through the mainstream media. It had quickly become a virtual cause celebre; in only a matter of weeks the website was receiving up to 3.1 million hits in one day! Webb did enjoy a brief period of support, celebrity, and positive feedback. But that was short lived, and soon replaced by a devastating public crucible.
The CIA 's "Mighty Wurlitizer" and its media mouthpieces had begun impugning the truth that Webb had so thoroughly documented. In November of 1996, John Deutch, the director of the CIA at the time made an unprecedented appearance at a town hall meeting in Watts to denounce the allegations in Webb's Dark Alliance series and to publicy disavow the CIA's alleged connection to drug trafficking by the Contras and the ensuing crack explosion. (
Ministry of Truth
The "Dark Alliance" series, along with Webb, was now in the cross hairs of the Mighty Wurlitzer, the CIA's version of The Ministry of Truth (from Orwell's 1984). Webb's series had to be neutralized in order to maintain the matrix like status quo. Decades of carefully constructed government propaganda and Tavistock inspired social engineering concerning the role of the CIA and the phony war on drugs were suddenly in jeopardy. So within two months of publication, the CIA infested American Press (Mighty Wurlitzer) unfairly launched an unprecedented "piling on" and brutally attacked Webb's "Dark Alliance"series en masse.
Webb was blind-sided. He undeservedly found himself the recipient of a growing chorus of unfounded and malicious attacks on his journalistic integrity and impeccable investigation. The loudest voices in the chorus were from the mainstream, CIA riddled big troika: L.A. Times, Washington Post and New York Times. This, of course, was part of a well orchestrated plan initiated by the secret government's "Ministry of Truth", designed to professionally assassinate Webb by questioning his journalistic integrity, thereby casting doubt in the general public's mind regarding the veracity of his charges.
This campaign was an effort to quickly derail the embarrassing revelations that Webb's "Dark Alliance"Series had so unabashedly and adroitly exposed. But, fortunately the power elite and their mainstream whore media mouthpieces failed to conclusively discredit Webb's expose. "Dark Alliance" had already inspired a groundswell of grass roots outrage, especially among African Americans, which in turn led to no less than three "official" federal inquiries: two by the CIA and one by the Justice Department.
The Congresswoman for South-Central Los Angeles, Maxine Waters led the charge. In an August 30th, 1996 letter to Attorney General Janet Reno she demanded an independent investigation of the CIA's alleged role in cocaine trafficking. She wrote, "As a U.S. Representative of South-Central Los Angeles, one of the communities most ravaged by crack cocaine, I have a keen desire to get answers to the many questions that have been raised by the San Jose Mercury News expose. As you know, in the late 1980s, Congress held extensive hearings on the connection between foreign policy, narcotics, and law enforcement. Those hearings produced damning evidence of wrongdoing. However, due to continual obstruction, from many different sources -- including federal law enforcement agencies -- those hearings were not able to establish as precise a trail of guilt as the recent San Jose Mercury News article has, at least as it pertains to the origin of the crack cocaine trade in the U.S."
"The impact and the implications of the Meneses/Blandon/Ross Contra CIA crack cocaine connection cannot be understated. We all have an obligation to get to the very bottom of the origin, development, and implementation of this seedy enterprise."
Gary Webb's painstaking investigation and the incindiary conclusions he drew from it were based mostly on public records, as detailed in the "notes on sources" section in "Dark Alliance", including: undercover audio tapes, declassified government documents from the CIA, DEA, FBI, L.A. Sheriff's Department, files from the Iran-Contra investigation, eyewitness accounts, and numerous court records. This is why Webb was able to authortatively substantiate in stunning detail the methodology employed by the "secret government" to finance the Contras via large shipments of cocaine that were flown from Columbia into California and then sold to the locals, who in turn converted the cocaine into the the lucrative, more affordable and more addictive substance known as crack cocaine.
Crack was the "McDonald-ization" of cocaine. Webb explained, "The reason crack became so popular in South Central and elsewhere was that it only cost a few bucks to become a customer. Crack normally sold in $25 hits, but you could find tiny rocks for as little as $5. (Dark Alliance, p.142) Amazingly to this day, Webb's critics and detractors (mainstream media and CIA) insist that Webb's "Dark Alliance" premise was based more on speculative leaps of logic than rock solid evidentiary reasoning. On the other hand, many of us who have researched the CIA's drug running history felt that Webb's conclusions, while accurate and solidly based on his evidence, seemed conservative. It's likely that to many Americans the story was tabloid sensationalism, like something one reads from the National Enquirer while waiting in a supermarket checkout line.
"Freeway" Ricky Ross, was the "leader of South Central's first major crack distribution ring. In the space of four years Ross went from selling fractions of an ounce to shipping multimillion-dollar cocaine shipments across America. Convicted of cocaine trafficking in 1996, he is currently serving life without the possibility of parole." ( Dark Alliance, xx)
"You know how some people feel that God put them down here to be a preacher? I felt that He had put me down [here] to be the cocaine man.''- Rickey Ross
And the enormous drug profits generated by crack were used by street gangs such as the Cryps and the Bloods to not only subsidize and enrich themselves, but also to expand their territory and their burgeoning drug business. In an effort to increase their profit margins even more, the local drug dealers set up assembly line crack manufacturing plants in their neighborhood owned "cook houses." As reported by Rachel's Weekly, "Ross had 5 "cook houses" turning cocaine into crack. A former crack dealer described for the MERCURY NEWS one of Ross's cook houses where huge steel vats of cocaine were being stirred with canoe paddles atop restaurant-sized gas ranges. At his recent drug trial, Ross testified that it was not unusual to take in between $2 and $3 million in one day. "Our biggest problem had got to be counting the money," Ross told the court.
Additionally, the Contra/CIA black-op agents also sold guns to these same street gangs along with tons of cocaine. Quite an explosive cocktail guaranteed to cause maximum harm to the many, while providing maximum profits for the few. Presumably, this elaborate CIA black operation was contrived to circumvent the Boland Amendment. Rachel's weekly reported: "After passage of the Boland amendment, the Contras desperately needed a new source of funds." This was before Oliver North set up his Iran connection for arms sales to divert money from those sales to the Contras.
According to a year-long investigation by the SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS based on court records, recently declassified documents, undercover audio tapes, and files retrieved via the Freedom of Information Act, the FDN ((Nicaraguan Democratic Forces a.k.a Contras) solved its problem by opening the first pipeline from the Colombian cocaine cartels to black gangs -- the Crips and the Bloods -- on the streets of Los Angeles."
The Reagan administration had been covertly funding the Contra's since 1981. However, the Boland Amendment was about to change all that. In 1981 Lt. Col. Oliver North started working for the NSC (National Security Council). Eventually, North set up shop, under the auspices of the NSC, in the basement of the White House where he was designated the clandestine point man for the cash/weapons strapped Contras. Yet, Webb stated: "From late 1981 through most of 1984 - the agency {CIA} ran the show directly, dolling out weapons and money, hiring subcontractors, ferrying supplies. planning strategy and tactics, and keeping tabs on its hirelings." (Dark Alliance, p.73)
Recall that the Boland Amendment was passed by the House of Representatives in 1982. The amendment made it illegal for Congress to fund the CIA, or any of its affiliate intelligence networks or assets for the purpose of funding, training, or arming the Contras in their USA backed bid to overthrow the Sandistina Government of Nicaragua. Then there was a Boland Amendment part 2, which extended the provisions in part 1 to include the entire U.S. Government.
Nevertheless, the Reagan Administration found a way around the amendments by using the NSC and the NAHO (Nicaraguan Humanitarian Assistance Office). The NAHO was established by Congress in 1985 and given $27 million for humanitarian aid to the Contras. The only Congressional stipulation was that the 'aid' be administered by the State Department.
Private contributions, including money from drugs and arms trafficking, from foreign leaders could then be laundered through the NAHO. Webb's research revealed that former Iran-Contra special prosecutor Lawrence Walsh was convinced that Ollie North had been acting as a CIA cut-out. Walsh described North as, "a human lightning rod", a fig leaf to make it look like the agency wasn't directly involved. (Dark Alliance p.228).
One could easily conclude that the Secret Government's stealth end run around the Boland amendments played a large part in the Iran-Contra affair and the genesis of America's crack cocaine explosion.
"Dark Alliance" and echos of Henry Kissinger's infamous depopulation reference to those who should be eliminated as "useless eaters".
As part of the grassroots backlash generated from Webb's "Dark Alliance" series, many in the Black Community openly charged that the government, via the CIA's drug trafficking of cocaine into California, was guilty of a genocidal plot against African Americans. The black community was suspicious about the origins of the sudden crack cocaine epidemic in South Central Los Angeles and in other urban areas. Webb had uncovered this troubling fact: Cocaine had not been available until the, "CIA's army" started bringing cocaine into South Central; it was "virtually unobtainable in black neighborhoods" but quickly spread nationwide." (
It's important to mention, however, that Gary Webb never posited in "Dark Alliance", the series or the book, that the CIA was targeting the black community with racially genocidal motives while trafficking cocaine with the Contras in the "80's. However, the genocide speculation held by many African Americans, although not provable or supported by credible evidence in Webb's expose', could still have merit as a secondary agenda that would be virtually impossible to prove. For now, the conventional wisdom holds that the CIA/Contra targeted poor, African Americans in Black ghettos as consumers for crack cocaine primarily based on marketing criteria. Nevertheless, it can be demonstrated that the drug war in general and the crack cocaine epidemic in particular has penalized mostly poor people of color disproportionally. The current prison explosion in the USA has its roots in the so called "drug war", and the USA now incarcerates more people per capita than Communist China.
"We are often tempted to think of China as an oppressive country, but we incarcerate 500,000 more people in this country despite the fact that we have less than one-fourth of the population of China. We lock up our poor, our uneducated, our unruly, our unstable and our addicted, where other countries provide treatment, mental hospitals and care." - Jesse Jackson
Allen Elsner, a veteran Reuters correspondent, states in his recent book "Gates of Injustice", there are "over 2.2 million people currently incarcerated in the U.S., giving the U.S. the highest per capita prison population in the industrialized world".
The prison population exploded in the last three decades. For example, "In 1972, only 160 out of 100,000 people in the U.S. were in prison". To get a sense of the magnitude of this problem, according to Elsner's calculations, the U.S., with five percent of the world's population, has 25% of the world's prisoners.
Elsner notes that one in eight African American males between the ages of 20 and 34 are behind bars. One out of 25 Hispanics in the same age group is imprisoned. Overall, one out of three African American males and one out of five Hispanic males will most probably be imprisoned at lest once in their lifetime.
Sentencing Guidelines: Cocaine vs Crack
From information in an article by Margo Pierce on November 13th, 2005 titled "The First Step Is A Permanent Cease Fire": In the United States, most Whites consume cocaine in powder form. On the other hand, Blacks prefer, presumably from economic necessity, the significantly cheaper version, crack cocaine. This well known fact has been legally employed to punish crack users more harshly than cocaine users. Congress, in a blatant display of undemocratic wisdom, "passed laws for crack cocaine that carry penalties 100 times more severe than powder cocaine. A person convicted of attempting to sell 5 grams of crack can be sentenced to five years in prison, but it takes 500 grams of powder cocaine to trigger the same mandatory minimum sentence."
What does it mean?
Blacks spend more time in prison than whites for crimes of comparable magnitude. "Drug War Facts; Race, Prison and the Drug Laws" reports: "Of the 265,100 state prison inmates serving time for drug offenses in 2002, 126,000 (47.53%) were black, 61,700 (23.27%) were Hispanic, and 64,500 (24.33%) were white."
Source: Harrison, Paige M. & Allen J. Beck, PhD, US Dept. of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Prisoners in 2004 (Washington, DC: US Dept. of Justice, Oct. 2005), Table 12, p. 9.
Could it be that the prison system in the USA has been taken over by NWO (New World Order) types and that prisons are becoming thinly disguised forced labor camps supplying cheap labor to private corporations at taxpayer expense? The drug war has greatly accelerated the destruction of American families and is steadily undermining the notion that America is the "land of the free." David Icke expressed it best: America has become the, "land of the fee and the home of the slave."
Ultimately the CIA resorted to a limited hang-out strategy. This strategy was effectively used to conceal the fact that the CIA was indeed well aware of the Contra's illicit drug and weapons dealings to fund their covert CIA backed war against the Sandinista government in Nicaragua.
Porter Goss came to the rescue. Of course, the CIA much preferred a limited in house investigation, as opposed to a full, public (televised) Congressional inquiry like the Watergate hearings, for example. Jean-Guy-Allard, a Havana based journalist for Granma pointed out: "When the house of representatives finally agreed to take up the issue, after a report was issued by the CIA Inspector General concerning drug trafficking by the agency, Porter Goss, who had directed the intelligence committee since the previous year, decided at a preliminary hearing that the allegations were false. Goss, a former CIA agent who in 1972 participated in operations at the {CIA} JM/WAVE base in Miami, including terrorist operations against Cuba, ended up being named director of the CIA by George W. Bush." (
Consider this:
"... And according to the Mercury News, agents of 4 law enforcement agencies -- DEA, US Customs, the L.A. County Sheriff's Office, and the California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement - say their investigations into ("Freeway Ricky") Ross's empire were thwarted by the CIA or unnamed national security interests." (
Result: The CIA was allowed to investigate itself via secret Congressional hearings, while the Department of Justice (DOJ) also launched it's own private, parallel investigation. The Congressional Inquiry was also behind closed doors. Just as night follows day, the CIA was cleared of any systemic or serious charges related to drug trafficking and the Contras.
CIA Inspector General Frederick issued two reports regarding his internal probe into the alleged connections between the CIA, the Contras and cocaine trafficking in the U.S.A. based on allegations documented in Gary Webb's Dark Alliance series. Volume one was published on January 29, 1998 and Volume two was published on October 8,1998.
Excerpts from Robert Parry's Dec.13, 2004 article: "America's Debt to Journalist Gary Webb"
In Volume Two, the CIA's defense against Webb's series had shrunk to a tiny fig leaf: that the CIA did not conspire with the contras to raise money through cocaine trafficking. But Hitz made clear that the Contra war took precedence over law enforcement and that the CIA withheld evidence of Contra crimes from the Justice Department, the Congress, and even the CIA's own analytical division.
Hitz found in CIA files evidence that the spy agency knew from the first days of the Contra war that its new clients were involved in the cocaine trade. According to a September 1981 cable to CIA headquarters, one of the early Contra groups, known as ADREN, had decided to use drug trafficking as a financing mechanism. Two ADREN members made the first delivery of drugs to Miami in July 1981, the CIA cable reported.
When the CIA's Inspector General Frederick P. Hitz revealed in his final 1998 report, conveniently eclipsed by the Monica Lewinski Scandal, that there had indeed been a clandestine agreement between the CIA and the Justice Department from 1982 to 1995 that authorized the CIA and the DOJ to ignore, with impunity, drug trafficking by CIA "agents, assets and non-staff employees". This policy was designated the "Memorandum of Understanding" or "MOU."
Those not covered by the MOU included "... the agency's full-time, career employees, who are known as CIA "officials." Then who was covered by the MOU ? Those covered by the MOU are " "agents" or "assets" ­ paid or not. What's the difference? An agent is essentially anyone who works for the CIA, but isn't a full time or career employee of the CIA. "Also exempt were CIA contractors, such as pilots, accountants and military trainers, who supplied the agency with specific goods and services rather than intelligence."
Hitz added : "the MOU applied to "intelligence agencies," indicating that it also may include the dozen or so U.S. agencies involved in intelligence work, not just the CIA. Hitz continued, "There are instances where the CIA did not, in an expeditious or consistent fashion, cut off relationships with individuals supporting the Contra program, who are alleged to have engaged in drug trafficking activity, or take action to resolve the allegation."
NOTE: Most newspapers only published the executive summary portion of Hitz's final report, which left out the sometimes contridictory and more incriminating conclusions thereby in effect shielding the agency from further public scrutiny.
"A murmur coursed through the room as Hitz's admission sunk in," wrote Webb. "No wonder the U.S. government could blithely insist there was 'no evidence' of Contra/CIA drug trafficking. For thirteen years -- from the time Blandon and Menesis began selling cocaine in L.A. for the Contras -- the CIA and Justice Depatment had a gentleman's agreement to look the other way."
"On July 23, 1998, the Justice Department released a report by its Inspector General, Michael Bromwich. The Bromwich report claimed that the Reagan-Bush administration was aware of cocaine traffickers in the Contra movement and did nothing to stop the criminal activity. The report also revealed a pattern of discarded leads and witnesses, sabotaged investigations, instances of the CIA working with drug traffickers, and the discouragement of DEA investigations into Contra-cocaine shipments. The CIA's refusal to share information about Contra drug trafficking with law-enforcement agencies was also documented. The Bromwich report corroborated Webb's investigation into Norwin Meneses, a Nicaraguan drug smuggler." (
Nevertheless, because "The Dark Alliance" series had originated from a respectable mainstream source, written by a veteran, pulitzer prize winning investigative journalist, the series had managed where other more scholarly or off-the-beaten-track exposes' had failed, to forge a credible and durable link between illicit drug running and the CIA in the public mind. Arguably this will be remembered as Webb's greatest journalistic contribution. Webb's colleague and friend, Robert Parry has a another take. "The real tragedy of journalist Webb's historic gift ­ and of his life cut short ­ is that because of the major news media's cowardice, a dark chapter of the Reagan-Bush era remains largely unknown to the American people."
MERCURY NEWS: Betrayal and Mea Culpa
And what was Webb's reward for this amazing journalistic accomplishment? Did he win another Pulitzer Prize?
He should have. On the contrary, here's the Cliff Notes version of The Mercury News editor's public abandonment of Webb, exiling him from mainstream investigative journalism. Jerry Ceppos, Executive News Editor at the San Jose Mercury, abruptly left Gary twisting in the wind. No doubt Ceppos was carrying out orders, directly or indirectly, issued by shadowy figures higher up the food chain. Although the Mercury News continued to publicly defend the Dark Alliance series, behind the scenes they were conducting their own investigation into the veracity of Webb's allegations. Ceppos presented the findings of the paper's in-house investigation of the "Dark Alliance" series by issuing the following critique in an open letter on May 11,1997.
1) It {Dark Alliance Series} presented only one side of "complicated, sometimes-conflicting pieces of evidence", 2) It failed to identify the estimate of Blandon's financial contributions to the Contra movement as an "estimate", 3) It "oversimplified the complex issue of how the crack epidemic in America grew," and 4) it contained imprecise language and graphics that fostered the misinterpretation concerning the CIA and crack dealing. (
Robert Parry, the former AP reporter and now a columnist with the internet based Consortium News, in a Dec. 24th 2004 article entitled "Gary Webb R.I.P." sarcastically lamented, "For undercutting Webb and the other reporters working on the Contra investigation, Ceppos was lauded by the American Journalism Review and was given the 1997 national "Ethics in Journalism Award" by the Society of Professional Journalists. While Ceppos won raves, Webb watched his career collapse and his marriage break up."
Another blow came when the Mercury News abandoned it's okay to publish praxis. For example, the usual procedure is for a reporter to submit his story to his editor, and the newspaper's legal team vets the story for accuracy, veracity of sources, etc., and even requires the reporter to defend his assumptions when challenged by them. If the story is strong enough to withstand this litmus test, it is deemed fit to publish. And here's the key point: If after publishing the story it is found to have no legs after all, the author is defended to the death, while the editors and the legal team take full responsibility for any and all fallout. Just the opposite happened in Gary Webb's case. In a complete reversal, Webb was left to personally battle it out on all fronts, including legal.
The final insult: Gary Webb was summarily transfered to a Mercury News outpost in Cupertino, where he was relegated to the dust bin, writing about obituaries. He had no choice but to resign. Within a year of resigning from the San Jose Mercury News, Webb transformed his 'Dark Alliance" series into a book: "Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion", which was published by Seven Stories Press in 1998 (hardback edition).
"Wherever you go, there you are"
From 1997 to February 2004 Webb was working as a consultant to the State Legislature's Task Force on Government oversight, specifically on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. There have been various reports as to why Webb lost his job as a consultant for the California Task Force. The most likely explanation is that he was laid off along with the rest of his team, as part of a political "clean sweep" operation that ushered in a new Assembly Speaker. In 2001, Webb had been involved in investigating the Oracle Corporation's ( owned by Silicon Valley billionaire Larry Ellison), $95 million, no-bid software contract involving former California Governor Gray Davis. According to Oracle's website, they are the world's largest manufacturer of database software, and t they have "over 30 years of experience working with the highest levels of government on national security issues." - (
From "An Oracles Mistake", by Bill Bradly
L.A. Weekly May 2002:
"The state auditor says the administration's sole-source $95 million deal last year with Oracle would not only cost $41 million more than it's worth, it would provide database software to more than eight times as many state employees as are likely to use it. Davis received a $25,000 campaign contribution just days after the deal closed, delivered to his chief technology adviser. Two top state officials responsible for vetting the deal have lost their jobs, a third is on indefinite suspension, more are in jeopardy, and documents have been shredded."
Shortly thereafter, due to mounting political pressure, the State of California was forced to break its no-bid contract with Oracle.
Additionally, while working as a consultant for the state, Gary Webb authored a scathing report that accused the California Highway Patrol of racial profiling.
As a result of Webb's report, the ACLU filed and won a class-action lawsuit for minority motorists in California. Others, including the Assembly Speaker, "denounced the report." In 1999 Webb turned his report into a feature article for Esquire: "Driving While Black." (
Sacramento News and Review 2004
In August of 2004 Webb was hired by the Sacramento News and Review, an alternative weekly publication. Things were looking up for Gary Webb. At the same time, isn't it apparent that Webb had created a plethora of enemies in his indefatigable pursuit of truth and justice, as the titles of his archived articles suggest?
Gary Webb Archive at the Sacramento News and Review
Red light, green cash (11/25/04)
If you think the idea of a $351 ticket is harsh, try fighting one. Even when the law's on your side, you're bound to lose.
Stage fright (10/28/04)
Torry L. Cardon helps people clear the clutter and prepare their home for potential buyers.
Regeneration X (10/21/04)
Virtually everyone wants to continue funding libraries. So, how could Measure X possibly fail?
The killing game (10/14/04)
For young men, first-person shooters are the hottest computer games around. That's why the Army's spent $10 million making one of its own. But there's a catch. Big Brother gets to watch you play.
Fares unbalanced (09/09/04)
New city taxi study could reduce taxi companies from 80 to two.
Shortly after Webb's death, Tom Walsh, the Sacramento News and Review Editor where Gary was working when he died, issued a rather perfunctory statement amidst the rumor mongering swirling around Webb's sudden death: "[h]earsay presented as fact on activist-conspiracy Web sites. For instance, numerous Web sites reported that Gary was killed with a shotgun (he wasn't) and that people were seen climbing up to his balcony (there isn't one)... Spreading rumors does a disservice to Gary's life and work... Based on the evidence we've seen, it was a suicide." (
On January 25, 2005 the same Tom Walsh was interviewed as part of an E & P article entitled: "Gary Webb's Final Day's" By senior
E & P Editor Joe Stupp
Some Key excerpts:
WALSH: "He told us that he wanted to get back to journalism and he wanted to stay in Sacramento because of his kids."
STUPP: "Walsh described the "Dark Alliance" project as "thoughtful and interesting", later determining Webb to be "a meticulous reporter who had his facts backed up."
WALSH: "He {Webb} had no outward signs of depression, he just said he had a lot to do." Walsh added that Webb even "mentioned some future story ideas." "... He (Webb) obviously had a world of knowledge, and we were lucky to have him."
While reading Stupp's article, it seemed to me that Walsh's overall psychological and professional assessment of Webb was rather upbeat. But after reading it, I walked away with the distinctly uneasy feeling that E & P editor Joe Stupp intentionally glossed over Walsh's candid, yet incongruent responses regarding Webb, instead of probing Walsh and asking more follow-up questions. Perhaps Stupp did this because he was slavishly adhering to a behind the scenes, top down memo that outlined approved talking points and prohibited murder speculation when discussing Webb's death? Read the entire article here and decide for yourself:
The "official story" talking points strategy adopted by the mainstream media, and shamefully by much of the so called alternative media, on reporting about Webb's death is very similar to the strategy that had been used to discredit his work and reputation as a journalist.
Webb had it figured out perfectly when he said in (March 2001), "To this day, no one has ever been able to show me a single error of fact in anything I've written about this drug ring, which includes a 600-page book about the whole tragic mess. But, in the end, the facts didn't really matter. What mattered was making the damned thing go away, shutting people up, and making anyone who demanded the truth appear to be a wacky conspiracy theorist. And it worked."
And I might add it's still working!
NOTE: I couldn't reach Tom Walsh for further comments as he has left the Sacramento News and Review. and the current Sacramento News and Review editor did not respond to my queries.
Down the rabbit hole...
Synopsis of The OCTOPUS By Karen Bixman, The People's News Reporter, 11/14/94
"... tentacles of Danny Casolaro's octopus were joined by a web, and many unknowing victims have been swept into the jaws of its mouth."-Bixman
Riconosciuto was a science wiz kid, a prodigy of sorts. He grew up in a family of well-connected spooks. Riconosciuto described himself as an intelligence asset for USA government. Riconosciuto had been working as Director of research for Wackenhut Corp. at the Cabizon Indian reservation near Indio, California. His primary project was creating a backdoor in the Promis software program. First some background information is in order.
Let me attempt to explain. Inslaw was a computer company owned by William and Nancy Hamilton. They had developed a proprietary law enforcement case management software program called PROMIS (Prosecutor's Management Information System). The Justice Department entered into a $10 million contractural agreement with Inslaw, for the purpose of having Inslaw install Promis into the computers of forty-two U.S. Attorney's offices.
The Attorney General at the time was General Edwin Meese. Meeses' friend Earl Brian, who was said to be a CIA operative, was linked with Israeli intelligence, and had a controlling interest in Hadron Inc., another computer/software company. Hadron Inc. had already made an overture to purchase PROMIS, but the Hamiltons were not interested in selling PROMIS.
In order to complete the contract with the Justice Department the Hamiliton's were forced to borrow money. Inslaw installed PROMIS in forty-two U.S. Attroney's offices. However, the Justice Department mysteriously refused to honor their end of the agreement. They refused to pay the Hamiltons. This in turn forced the Hamiltons into Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Then things got worse. The IRS weighed in and pressured Inslaw into Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which in turn opened the door for Hadron, Inc. to grab PROMIS software.
The Hamiltons' attorney, Elliot Richardson, then filed a civil suit on their behalf against the Justice Department, alleging the Justice Department stole PROMIS in order to pass it on to Earl Brian of Hadron, Inc. Hadron, Inc. would then work with the NSA (National Security Agency) and sell the PROMIS software to other national and international intelligence agencies. It seems a perfect fit: tracking software for intelligence agencies for all sorts of nefarious activities.
The Hamiltons won that civil case in September of 1987, and were award 6.8 million dollars to be paid to them by the Justice Department. The judge at that time was U.S. Bankruptcy Judge George Bason. Two years later, in 1989, the Justice Department appealed to the U.S. District Court, and Judge Bason's decision on behalf of the Hamiltons was upheld. Then, again two years later in 1991, the Justice Department appealed to the next higher level, the U.S Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and this time the decision in favor of the Hamiltons was reversed on a technicality.
In the original verdict, Judge George Bason charged the Justice Department "took, converted, and stole" ... through" trickery, fraud, and deceit" Promis software from Inslaw, the Hamiltons' company". This wording that was essential to the appeals by the Justice Department no doubt helped attract enough media attention to force a Senate Investigative Committee to look into the matter. What appeared to be Congressional intervention to provide justice for the Hamiltons became a white-wash for the Justice Department. The Senate Committee determined that the Hamiltons' charges were without basis and totally exonerated the Justice Department of any wrong doing.
Now this is where Michael Riconosciuto enters the intrigue. Michael Riconosciuto, a self proclaimed CIA operative, was a project manager for the Wackenhut Company, a security company that is virtually a CIA front. After Earl Brian of Hadron, Inc. illegally obtained the legal rights to PROMIS from Inslaw, the software company the Hamiltons had owned, he hired Michael to create a "back door" into the software. This would enable the trackers of other intel agencies using PROMIS to be tracked by the CIA. Riconosciuto was working out of the Cabazon Indian Reservation near Indio, CA a hotbed of CIA intrigue and black-ops projects.
Previously, Michael Riconosciuto had participated in developing software enabling the CIA to launder drug money raised by trafficking drugs through an airport in Mena, Arkansas while Clinton was governor of the state and Bush Sr. was in the White House. In a signed affidavit to a federal court, Riconosciuto stated "that the Wackenthut-Cabazon joint venture was intended to support the needs of a number of foreign governments and forces, including governments and forces in Central America and the Middle East. The Contras in Nicaragua represented one of the most important priorities of the joint venture".
Coincidentally, Danny Casolaro, an independently wealthy individual turned free lance, investigative journalist, was working on a book to be titled "The Octopus". His investigations lead him to the Wackenhut-Cabazon operation during Riconosciuto's involvement there. Gary Webb was another freelance investigative journalist, albeit not independently wealthy, who touched on the Wackenhut-Cabazon operations as revealed in his 1998 book "Dark Alliance."
Webb stated: "Wackenhut was very active in El Salvador during the Contra war, providing employees to protect the U.S. Embassy and other installations, and doing ' "things you wouldn't want your mother to know about' ". Gary Webb goes on to explain how the isolation of the small Cabazon reservation, a tribe of thirty people, and its tax exempt status and lack of federal oversight were the advantages gained by using that location. ("Dark Allance" p.113)
Webb continued " . . . Danny Casolaro was looking into the Cabazon/Wackenhut projects as part of a lager conspiracy investigation at the time he was found dead in a West Virginia motel room in 1991, allegedly a suicide victim. He had told friends he was convinced that " 'spies, arms merchants and others were using the reservation as a low-profile site on which to develop weapons for Third World armies, including the Nicaraguan Contras.' " (Dark Alliance p.113)
Karen Bixman in her "Octopus" article wrote, "Riconosciuto asserted that all scandals overlap, and Casolaro, who gave Roconosciuto the title ' " Danger Man' ", was introduced to the underground world of ' "spooks' ". Amid investigating the related scandals, a pattern of mysterious deaths also began to emerge". In her "Octopus" article, Karen Bixman goes into detail on these mysterious deaths. Personally, I believe Gary Webb's death was the most recent of related mysterious deaths.
Elliot Nelson, the former U.S. Attorney General who represented the Hamiltons in their Inslaw vs. Justice Department civil suit over the PROMIS contract, called for a federal investigation on Danny Casolaro's death. Karen Bixman quotes Elliot Richardson as saying, "It's hard to come up with any reason for this death, other than he was deliberately murdered because he was so close to uncovering sinister elements in what he called 'The Octopus'. "
At least someone with clout demanded an investigation into Casolaro's death. That is not the case for Gary Webb. Most of the main stream media and some of the alternative media took the suicide verdict prima facie with absolutely no call for any investigation with the "Gary was a victim of bad press and depression" angle. Yet, much of Danny Casolaro's investigative "beat" was also Gary Webb's. And there have been reports that he was pressing on further for more material to finish another book, one that would have been an extension of "Dark Alliance". (end of synopsis)
Michael Riconosciuto
Email that was widely Circulated
From: Tim White January 05
This I just sent to John Buchanan whose address appears in the header just below. John was a close friend of Gary's and has 2 chapters in his book about Gary. John's book was co-authored by John McConnell, the founder of EARTH DAY. (Fixing America: Breaking the Stranglehold of Corporate Rule, Big Media and the Religious Right).
The subject then switches to "Richard Hamlin in Jail": This is the story that recently MURDERED Gary Webb (who) was working on by (sic) the request of Michael Riconosciuto who was given the initial information by Ted Gunderson 3 1/2 to 4 months ago. Ted had 3 consecutive days of interviews - 5 1/2 hours a day, 16 1/2 hours total at the Federal prison outside Boston where Riconosciuto is being held on 100% bogus charges. Michael states flat out that Gary Webb was assassinated because of his investigation into this and it is U.S. military intelligence operatives responsible for Gary's murder - DEFINITELY NOT a "suicide". Obviously this is an extension of the explosive information that came out in Gary's book Dark Alliance. This information was told to me by Ted directly after each meeting with Michael. The days of the meetings were Dec. 23, 24,25, 2004. Richard Hamlin is being held without bond and his January 4, 2005 trial date has been delayed 7-8 weeks which will allow Ted Gunderson much needed time to pursue more information and leads.
(end of email)
More information on Richard Hamlin - an Open Letter
Gunderson bombshell
Ted Gunderson revealed to me in a telephone conversation that "several days before Gary Webb's death Riconosciuto had spoken with Webb on the phone." Gunderson said "the three of them were working on the Hamlin case", a case that traces back to the Cabazon Indian Reservation, black-op central for all kinds of nefarious projects from MK ULTRA, pedophile rings, biological weapons, drug trafficking--the usual. Riconosciuto and Webb had been having conversations for a while. It's a matter of record. Riconosciuto, like all inmates in Federal Prison, had to first give prison officials a list of phone numbers he intended to call. All phone numbers had to be pre-approved by prison officials before Michael would be allowed to make any outside phone calls. And remember, prisoner phone calls can be monitored and recorded. If there had been an investigation into Webb's death, his telephone records and all his recent correspondence, both regular mail and email, could have been retrieved and carefully analyzed.
Revelations: Anita Langley, Black-Op Radio
I also had an informative conversation with Anita Langley, whose husband just happens to be Michael Riconosciuto's cousin. Anita has been hosting an internet radio program out of Canada since 1999 called, Black-Op Radio. Anita had interviewed Webb on her program twice. Ms. Langley described Riconosciuto as a national treasure, a "Tesla type" who at the ripe age of 18 was involved with launching the internet. Riconosciuto could resemble a protagonist from a John Le Carre novel about an archetypal "spy who came in from the cold." Instead Riconosciuto now finds himself locked in a deep freeze as a political prisoner.
Anita assured me that Riconosciuto had indeed been in communication with Gary Webb. Webb and Riconosciuto had been exchanging letters for a three month period prior to Webb's alleged suicide on December 10, 2004. Anita said, "Riconosciuto still has the letters that Webb wrote to him, but they have been stashed away for safe keeping." Additionally, Michael had also told her that Webb was "motivated to learn more." It goes deeper. Anita patiently explained to me that at one point Riconosciuto had been represented by a California attorney named Harlan Braun.
Apparently Mr. Braun had been representing others involved with the Cabazon Reservation. Bottom line was that Mr. Braun had been forced to drop Riconosciuto as a client due to a conflict of interest. Anita revealed that Riconosciuto then gave Gary Webb power of attorney so that he (Webb) could speak directly with Mr. Braun about Riconosciuto's case in particular and how it intersected with the Hamlin case in general. It's not much of a stretch to conclude that this material would have surfaced in Webb's new book. And it is a given that there were intelligence personnel tracking this communication.
Who is Mike Riconosciuto?
By David Sandler
Excerpts from Sadler:
According to a Washington man who claims to have modified the cobol-based software for the CIA and other intelligence agencies, the software {PROMIS} was a reward for Earl Brian's role in arranging the so called 'October Surprise' gambit, the alleged conspiracy to withhold the American hostages in Iran until after the 1980 election which saw Carter removed from power. The 'October Surprise' scandal has taken some time to emerge.'
One week after the Inslaw Affidavit was signed and sworn by Riconosciuto on March 21. 1991, he was arrested on bogus drug charges. Riconosciuto is in Federal prison serving a 30 year sentence. He's been diagnosed with prostate cancer. And his health is said to be rapidly deteriorating. Earl Brian is currently in prison.
Sandler continues: "Mike was subpoenaed to appear before the Brooks Congressional Committee investigating the government's role in the Inslaw Case which involved the PROMIS software. Three weeks before he was to testify in front of the committee, Mike got a telephone call from a Department of Justice official named Peter Videnieke, who, according to Michael Riconosciuto, told him that if he testified before the committee, he would have to 'suffer the consequences'. "
"Riconosciuto testified anyway and shortly afterwards, his small trailer workshop/lab in northern Washington state (Riconosciuto is a scientist by profession) was raided by federal agents." Riconosciuto suddenly found himself the target of an indictment for operating a "methamphetamine lab". Apparently, possession of common (and legally obtained) chemical solvents that could be used during one of many steps involved in meth production, is enough to get you convicted these days for running a meth lab, despite the absence of evidence of the drug itself (the feds having destroyed all of Mike's lab glassware; glassware that could have established the absence of illegal drug residues, which you would expect to find in abundance for a 'meth lab' operation). Mike's trial set a new mark for prosecutorial and judicial abuse even by federal 'railroading' standards. He was given a 30 year sentence for a first time drug offence."
(end of excerpts)
March 21, 1991 Inslaw Affidavit of Michael J. Riconosciuto:
Indira Singh: "Gary Webb was murdered"
9-11 PROMIS and Ptech
Indira Singh lived within walking distance of the Twin Towers. On the morning of 9-11 she was both a ground zero survivor and a first responder. That powerful experience moved her to make a promise. "Wall Street whistleblower Indira Singh has had her professional life ripped away from her because of keeping the promise she made to some 3,000 victim's who died at Ground Zero on 9/11. She made that promise at Ground Zero on 9/11 as a civilian EMT. Indira was supposed to be on the 106th floor of the World Trade Center that morning, but she was late." From: PTECH, 9/11,and USA-SAUDI TERROR BY Michael Kane PART II
During an FTW (From The Wilderness) interview Indira explained: "I made a promise, that if anything fell into my lap, I wouldn't look the other way and I'm keeping that promise." Ms.Singh is an IT (Internet Technology) professional, who had worked for ten years at JP Morgan Chase in New York City. According to Michael Ruppert, "Indira (...) started First Boston's first Information Technology group in 1975 and had worked on Wall St. until 2002. She's been an IT consultant for Banker's Trust, the U.N., JP Morgan, and American Express. In 1988 she started TibetNet - a derivative of DARPA's Internet..." Indira Singh, is known as the Wall-street-9-11 whistleblower, by linking Ptech and 9-11 additionally. she testified at several 9-11 hearings (whitewash) commissions.. (
It was Ptech that fell into Indira's lap, another piece of the 9-11 puzzle had been identified. Although Singh identified the "Muslim Brotherhood" as the primary group behind Ptech and that Saudi money was also heavily invested in Ptech in the end she realized: "The human side of Ptech is where the thievery and murder come in: among the financiers and programmers of Ptech are apparent members of an international network of organized criminals involved in decades of narcotraffic, gunrunning, money laundering, and terrorism. Their personal and professional connections reach up into the highest levels of the American government, and their activities are still underway."
Singh realized: "Ptech had all the markings . . . of a CIA front company."
In 2001 Singh worked for JP Morgan Chase as a senior level risk management consultant. She was responsible for coming up with a software program that could track insider trading and financial fraud on Wall Street This is when Indira became familiar with a software company called Ptech (Piedmont Technologies out of Boston). Ptech is also the name of their software, which is actually at its core, none other than the infamous PROMIS software taken to the next generation. Singh's task was to convert Ptech, an "enterprise architecture software", with A.I. (artificial intelligence) to a "risk architecture" software. This is how Singh was able to connect the dots between 9-11, Ptech and the international network behind the 9-11 attack.
Ptech operates in real time, similar to one's mind thinking a thought in the stream of consecutive NOWS called linear time. Unless that thought is recorded or documented in some way, there's really no way to verify or track the fact that the thought had existed. Ptech could operate like an invisible man in a room full of people. Ptech can track everything that's going on within another system and, most importantly, can even manipulate the system by overriding it via its artificial intelligence (AI), which can perform interventions. But no one can detect the intervention while it's happening or even after it has happened. Thus we have the invisible man in the room analogy.
The significance of Ptech and 9-11 according to (FTW) January 27, 2005, PST 0900 : "Ptech (...) was installed on virtually every computer system of the U.S. government and its military agencies on September 11, 2001. This included the White House, Treasury Department (Secret Service), Air Force, FAA, CIA, FBI, both houses of Congress, Navy, Department of Energy, IRS, Booz Allen Hamilton, IBM, Enron and more. As part of this operation, the FAA needed an evolution of PROMIS software installed on their systems, and Ptech was just that. The White House and Secret Service had the same software on their systems - likely a superior modified version capable of "surveillance and intervention" functions."
The link between 9-11 and Ptech: The charge is that Ptech was stealthily inserted by the secret government as a disabling intervention disrubting FAA and NORAD's operability on 9-11. This in turn destroyed the synchronous and coordinated operating basis of the FAA and Norad on 9-11.
The disabling of this "interoperability" feature between the FAA and NORAD was an essential component for the 9-11 cover story that says Saudi terrorists hijacked domestic, passenger airplanes with box cutters and then used the airplanes as weapons smashing them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon and so on. Let's also include the fact that Ptech, under government contract, two years prior to 9-11 was working with the FAA, NORAD, and the Air Force regarding "interoperability"glitches in emergency situations.
By now you should have a very good idea of who Indira Singh is and her pedigree. A nutty conspiracy theorist she is not. Posted at ATS, Indira Singh: Linking Washington to terrorists, child sex rings and drugs, "What whistleblower Indira Singh has been able to do through exhaustive research, court documents, etc., is link Washington's elite with technology and investment firms that are fronts for al Qaeda, JP Morgan Chase, 9/11, and profitting from drug and child sex trafficing. Researchers of 9/11 truth, the Franklin Coverup, Bohemian Grove, CIA/drugs, financial banking ties and laundering to powerful elite, etc. should find what she has to say quite interesting. Of note, she is not a conspiracy theorist, but a high level IT consultant who found herself deep within this international web."
Since Michael Ruppert has done an extensive interview of her and enthusiastically endorses her credibility and findings on his FTW website, don't you think it will be rather difficult for Ruppert to do an about face and start calling Singh "internet trailer park trash" for declaring that Gary Webb was murdered. "No question about it", she asserted during a radio interview by Michael Corbin. "Internet trailer park trash" was the label Ruppert cast on those who questioned Webb''s death as a suicide. And now some of Ruppert's cultish followers are admonishing, even censoring those in the 9/11 Truth Movement who have openly questioned Gary Webb's death as a suicide. These "Ruppertians" claim that open discussion of Gary Webb's death as an intel hit will damage the credibility of 9/11 Truth Movement. Seems like gate keeping, at best, to me.
See: "The Disinformation Pests" (Gary Webb censorship) By Eric Hufschmid (
It was on October 28th 2005 that Indira Singh was a guest on the Michael Corbin radio program. Indira was speaking about Ptech, 9-11 and the shadowy international criminal cartel that was behind 9-11 and is goose stepping the USA in particular and the world in general into a post 9-11 Orwellian "new age of terrorism". She flatly stated that Gary Webb had definitely been murdered and that Webb's murder has been confirmed by DEA agents. Not surprisingly, Singh's research led her to conclude that the same group that brought us 9-11 was also involved in Iran Contra, pedophile rings, and most of the other major black-ops that come to mind.
Listen to the third segment (part 3) and about a quarter into the interview you'll hear Ms.Singh's pronouncement that Webb was murdered and that his murder has been confirmed by DEA agents.
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"Pleased to meet you. Hope you guess my name."
-The Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil
In February of 1988 on the Oprah Winfrey Show Michael Aquino stated that "Satanists are not servants of some God; we are our own gods; we are our own decision makers. And people naturally fear this. "Their {satanists} beliefs," he said, are "most closely aligned to that of Plato."
Church of Satan and Temple of Set
Lt. Colonel Michael Aquino founded the Temple of Set in 1975 while a Special Forces Reserves Oficer in the US Military. Prior to this, he had been a member of the Church of Satan. Reportedly, Aquino had a falling out with the Church of Satan, founded in 1969 by Anton La Vey, over the founder's decision to sell Church rankings in order to increase cash flow. La Vey, who looked and acted like a showbiz type, was quite popular with several big name 50's Hollywood stars like Jane Mansfield and Sammy Davis Junior. Because of his personality, the Church of Satan had obtained enough Hollywood high rollers to make his financial plan feasable.
Setian Philosophy was developed by Aquino, and forms the basis of the Church of Set's "spiritual" and theoretical underpinnings. Aquino has a Ph.D. in political science, his doctoral dissertation was " The Neutron Bomb." He is a high level psy-op, mind control (MK ULTRA) expert and has had a long association with U.S. military Mindwar projects. In fact, he wrote a paper in 1980 that was widely circulated among US Military circles called " From PsyOps to Mindwar." Aquino's primary "big picture" mission has been merging the military-intelligence-industrial complex with Satanically based, occult technology.
Johnny Gosch Case
Aquino was a Major in the U.S. military when he allegedly participated in the 1982 abduction of West Des Moines Iowa paperboy Johnny Gosch. On February 5, 1999, in a U.S. District Court in Lincoln, Nebraska, a hearing occurred in a civil action in the Paul A. Bonacci vs Lawrence E. King case. At the time of the hearing, King was serving a prison sentence for his involvement in the Franklin Credit Union debacle (see John DeCamp's book,"The Franklin Cover-Up: Child Abuse,Satanism, and Murder in Nebraska"). John DeCamp, Bonacci's lawyer, alleged that King was guilty of ritualistically abusing Paul Bonacci and other children. As part of his testimony, Bonacci stated that the mastermind behind the Gosch kidnapping was "the Colonel."
Additionally, Bonacci revealed that his abuse was connected to an elite sponsored nationwide pedophile ring that involved powerful persons within the political, military intelligence, CIA (Mk Ultra), and corporate hierarchies, even reaching into the White House. Judge Warren K.Urbom ruled in favor of Bonacci. King was ordered to pay the plaintiff (Bonacci) one million dollars in damages. Bonacci has never received a penny of that award.
("The Franklin Cover-up" John DeCamp)
Iran Contra
Franklin Credit Union, Iran Contra, and Aquino
DeCamp in his book, "The Franklin Cover-up," refers to a May 21, 1989 Omaha World-Herald article that links Larry King and the Franklin Credit Union were connected to Iran-Contra: "In the 61/2 months since federal authorities closed Franklin, rumors have persisted that money from the credit union somehow found its way to the Nicaraguan contra rebels ." (P. 171).
Rusty Nelson, Larry King's former and now estranged personal photographer, in a written statement on June 22. 2000 said: "Another dark villain was Colonel Akino [Lieutenant Colonel Michael Aquino] to whom King paid off with a suitcase of bearer bonds and cash earmarked for covert Contra operations."
The photographer, Rusty Nelson, also has said that King told him that Aquino was part of the Contra guns and cocaine trafficking operation run by George Bush and another notorious Lt. Col., Oliver North. Aquino has also been linked to Offutt Air Force Base, a Strategic Air Command post near Omaha that was implicated in the investigation by the Franklin Committee.
"The Franklin Credit Union is widely suspected of being among the savings institutions used for money-laundering by the CIA and others for Iran-Contra adventures. This precisely defines where Omaha's Larry King showed up in Washington, D.C. -- in the bizarre homosexual wing of the Republican Party, which managed financing and public relations for the Iran-Contra guns for drugs trading games."-Chaitkin
Aquino, Presidio, Russoniello and Gary Webb
The Presidio Case:
San Jose Mercury News, JULY 24, 1988
By Linda Goldston
Aquino was implicated in the 1980's in a nationwide Satanic pedophile ring, where children were being procured from daycare centers located on military bases like the Presidio. "The criminal case {Presidio} is closed, but by June, the parents of 23 children had filed $55 million in claims against the Army, the first step toward filing a civil suit against the government alleging negligence that led to the abuse."
The Pedophocracy, Part III:. Uncle Sam Wants Your Children, By David McGowan.
Excerpts from the "The Pedophocracy, Part III"
The Presidio Child Development Center run by the U.S. Army in San Francisco. Allegations of abuse being perpetrated at the center first emerged in November of 1986. Alarmed by accusations made by her child, a parent had sought a medical examination which confirmed that the three-year-old boy had in fact been anally raped. The boy identified his rapist as 'Mr. Gary,' a teacher at the center named Gary Hambright.
Aquino and various of his defenders have consistently claimed that no one was ever prosecuted in the case due to a lack of evidence ­ proof that the entire affair was no more than a 'witch hunt.' Of course, the failure to prosecute the federal charges could also be due to the fact that, at the time, the U.S. Attorney in San Francisco handling the case was Joseph Russoniello.
Russoniello would later be identified by reporter Gary Webb of the San Jose Mercury News as a player in the Contra cocaine smuggling operation led by Lt. Col. Oliver North and company, just as witnesses would later identify Lt. Col. Michael Aquino as an operative in the very same sordid affair. It always helps when your legal 'adversaries' are actually on your side.
In May of 1989, Aquino was again questioned in connection with child abuse investigations; this time at least five children in three cities were making the accusations. The children had seen Aquino in newspaper and television coverage of the Presidio case and immediately recognized him as one of their abusers. (End of excerpts)
A Closer Look...
Was Gary Webb on PORTER GOSS' Purge List?
"Going back a bit in time, Goss was also intimately involved in the Congressional investigations into Iran-Contra, and with the expose by Gary Webb of the Mecury that indicated CIA knowledge of the drug importation into LA. This connection came to light again when Brian Downing Quig, an investigative journalist, uncovered large scale deals involving Goss in the various laundering scandals surrounding Iran-Contra {see} The Death of Brian Downing Quig. (Quig was murdered June 16, 2003.)"
It was after reading, "Who Killed Gary Webb?" an article, by Havana based journalist Jean-Guy-Allard that I initially got interested in the likes of Porter Goss and Posada, and started to wonder how they might have figured into Webb's death.
Who is Porter Goss, Really?
Was it time for the 9-11 beleaguered CIA to act preemptively and remove an investigative journalist who still posed a threat to "The Company" (CIA)? This is the question I had in mind when I started looking into Porter Goss' background..
I think Porter Goss is a key figure because shortly after his nomination to head the CIA, Posada and his friends were welcomed back to the USA with open arms.
And Goss has revealed for all to see, with his CIA housecleaning tactics, that he's a man who will exert all the power at his disposal to achieve his mission. Goss strikes me as an "ends justify the means" type of guy. Could Gary Webb have been on Porter Goss' TO DO LIST? Could Gary have been on a special CIA PURGE list of some sort?
Goss was nominated by President Bush to be the head of the CIA on August 10, 2004. Some news sources claim it was August 11th. The 11th would denote an Illuminati numerology signature. Porter Goss was a Yale graduate, he majored in Ancient Greek, graduated in 1960, and was recruited to work for the CIA as early as the "50's. He was a member of yet another Yale secret society, "Book and Snake." In Kris Milligan's superb tome, "Fleshing Out Skull and Bones", you'll find the original 1960 roster of "Book and Snake" members, which confirms Goss' membership.
Here's additional information from Milligan's book about Yale's "Book and Snake" secret society:
According to an article at Mad COW Press: "More Secrets in the Secret Sauce" by Daniel Hopsicker, this picture was taken on January 21, 1963 in a Mexican nightclub frequented by the CIA and Mafia secret Assassination squad known as "Operation 40." Hopsicker believes, partially based on a letter he had received, that Porter Goss is sitting on the left side of the table. He's the second person from the front, and he's leaning back with his head tilted slightly to the left in the picture. To locate and compare the alleged Goss, 24 years old at that time, in the above picture with other, more current pictures of Goss, go here:
Then go to the upper left side of that web page, just under the photo, and click on: see a comparison -- decide for yourself.
Jean-Guy on Operation 40:
"As a secret element of the Bay of Pigs invasion, the CIA organized Operation 40, in which Posada and dozens of Cuban Americans participated together with hired assassins from the Italian-American mafia. Operation 40's network was used for terrorist activities against Cuba until 1970, when one of its planes crashed in southern California with a huge quantity of heroin and cocaine on board. That same year, the FBI arrested 150 suspects in the "biggest anti-drug operation in the history of the federal police."
Jean-Guy adds:
"Goss, a former CIA agent who in 1972 participated in operations at the JM/WAVE base in Miami including terrorist operations against Cuba." The JM/WAVE Base was actually a Central Intelligence operations base south of Miami, Florida. Its sole purpose was to attack Cuba, and it was established in 1962.
Here's more dirt on Goss from the legendary Iran-Contra Insider, Al Martin (ex Naval Intelligence). He alleges Porter Goss was directly involved in protecting and facilitating CIA-Iran-Contra drug trafficking activities. For example, he sites the Bobby Merkle Case. Merkle was the U.S. Attorney General in Florida at that time. Martin alleges that the Lee County Florida Sheriff's Department was complicit in allowing Iran-Contra-CIA Drug Trafficking. And it was Porter Goss who brokered a deal with Merkle, on behalf of the CIA, to ensure the cover­up of the above fact.
Martin asserts:
"Porter Goss was involved in that facilitation," "He was, but they'll never be able to prove that. You've got to put Porter Goss's name on something real to fit him into it. And what nobody has noticed except for me, because I remember it: Everyone forgets that Porter was a member of the Vice Presidential task force on drugs in 1983 in Miami. The Task Force was instituted to prevent any further interception of CIA authorized narcotics trafficking. Porter Goss was a commission member. That's what gave him the legitimacy. There was also Miami Customs Director Billy von Raab, Miami DEA Director Tommy Cash, Miami Immigration Director George Weiss. And George Bush Sr. who was Vice President at the time was the chairman."
Back to the future.
It turns out that on the morning of 9/11, Bob Graham (D-FL), then head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, was having a secret breakfast on Capitol Hill, with Porter Goss (R-FL), then head of the House intelligence committee and also part of the Congressional delegation to Pakistan. The head of Pakistan's intelligence agency, ISI, General Mahmud Ahmed, was also part of Goss' staff, and the Pakistani General was reported by the Times of India to be the man responsible for ordering Ahmed Umar Sheik to wire $100,000 from Pakistan to the U.S. bank account of alleged 9-11 lead hijacker Mohammed Atta. Mr. Sheik is a British citizen who was born in Pakistan and was a well known terrorist.
Not surprisingly, while ignoring that breakfast meeting, the mainstream press widely reported that Goss was strongly against initiating a full-scale 9-11 Congressional investigation. After some public pressure and much calculated stalling, the joint House Intelligence Committees finally agreed to initiate an official inquiry.
Doesn't it strike you as a bit odd that Bob Graham and Porter Goss, both of whom had unexplored ties with principles involved in part of the covert funding of 9-11, wound-up being the lead investigators into what actually happened on 9-11? Predictably, Goss and Graham used their positions to implement damage control tactics that ultimately benefited the White House and the CIA.
Goss wasted little time in proclaiming that the task of a 9-11 investigation would not be to find out who was responsible for the tragedy. It's not going to be about blaming anyone, he warned, but instead it will be about understanding 'OUR' failings-- and about making recommendations as to how we can do a better job of defending America in the future. Goss stressed he was "looking for solutions not scapegoats" (Washington Post May 17th 2002 ). And, amazingly, he even dismissed the notion that Sept.11th was an: "intelligence failure" (Washington Post May 18th 2002).
Truth is, Goss was able to successfully steer the 9-11 investigation into a perfunctory, whitewashed, dead-end limited-hang-out. Ray McGovern, a 27 year CIA analyst, and a member of: "Veteran Intelligence for Professionals" summed it up this way: " {Goss gave} clear priority to providing political protection for the president." Then, well after Goss's orchestrated 9-11 whitewash, it was time to obtain more funding to create a Home Land Security alliance with the CIA and other agencies. According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia:" in a sharp turn from his earlier statements defending the CIA, Goss said the agency has 'been ignoring its core mission activities' and the clandestine service is on its way to being "a stilted bureaucracy incapable of even the slightest bit of success." He called the CIA's human intelligence gathering apparatus "dysfunctional" and adverse to change, and charged that its intelligence analysts were timid and lacked proper focus. Tenet, the CIA Director at the time called the attacks "ill-informed" and "absurd." And Goss was on his way being nominated as the new CIA Director.
Seems like Goss was signaling his transition from 9-11 cover-up agent to CIA purger and Illuminati re-organizer. This "sharp turn" and Goss's nomination by Bush to head the CIA enabled Goss to further consolidate power for the Bush/NeoCon Cabal (Illuminati front), thereby enabling his widely reported "Stalinesque" CIA PURGES to be viewed as benign, even necessary by the mainstream press. Do you think, perhaps, the directorship of the CIA is a payback for Goss' longtime loyalty to the "Bush Crime Family" and the "COMPANY" for his effective cover-up and damage control services?
Now that Goss's former assassination squad associate and evil NeoCon twin, Chertoff (a reincarnation of Lenin?) has been named the new director of Homeland Security, could things get any worse? Yes! Now we have a new Czar of Intelligence, Mr. Pale Horse - death squads are us - NeoCon, Negroponte. Americans should realize this grouping of department heads signals the implementation of a centralized Soviet, Stasi style, paramilitary police force apparatus to be used against them. All the legal infrastructure is now in place. And lets not forget our new attorney general Mr. Spanish Inquisition, Alberto Gonzales. We now have the ultimate "evil doer" trifecta. All the foundational building blocks for a domestic Phoenix Program have now been installed.
According to official pronouncements, Goss resigned from the CIA for health reasons (staph infection) in 1971.
Or did he? Was his CIA career ended 'officially' in 1971 as part of a modified sheep-dipping, the spook technique used to erase selected histories of intel operatives in order to severe any direct link with intelligence agencies for operations that are beneath the radar and illegal?
There is more than enough evidence to indicate that Goss' retirement from the CIA, might very well be an example of the cynical use of a psyop to trick the public into believing that he hasn't been involved in the many publicly known, and not so known, CIA debacles and covert/black ops since the early-70's like Iran-Contra, and the Gary Webb expose of CIA crack cocaine drug running in the 80's. And then there's 9-11. Goss' Congressional record (1988-2004) indicates he sponsored a wealth of intelligence appropriation bills. In 1997 he ascended to the head of the House Intelligence Committee. It makes one wonder if his primary mission as a Congressman was to act as a straw man for the CIA?
Here's another red flag. Goss co-sponsored the Anti-Terrorism Intelligence Tools Improvement Act of 2003 or HR 3179. Among other horrors, Patriot Act 2 legalizes secret grand juries, and the 'disappearing' of US citizens. He also helped establish and served on the Homeland Security Committee. He is also a member of the Counsel on Foreign Relations, or CFR, a group that is integral to the Illuminatie's NWO planning and policy making.
Here's what I call the Al Martin BOMBSHELL that arguably ties Webb's fate to Porter Goss. Excerpts from an Al Martin piece: "Who is Porter Goss?"
Porter Goss had been involved in the last-ditch efforts by the CIA to save the CIA-backed and-financed regime of Nicaraguan, tin-horn, right-wing dictator Anastasio Somoza, before Somoza's fall in 1979. After that the Sandinistas were voted into power."
Porter Goss, it's interesting to note, claimed that he was the one who turned the man who would later become a member of the Sandinista ruling council,Tomas Borges. Borges was subsequently the CIA 's point man in Nicaragua pursuant to the CIA's narcotics trafficking during Iran Contra
Goss was the Agency point man to conduct this operation to save the flagging Somoza regime. Of course, he didn't have a title. This was done covertly, and illegally, of course -- as always. This program entailed the assassination of senior Sandinista members."
This is a few months prior to the actual elections that elected the Sandinista regime. Porter Goss then had to leave Nicaragua.
The CIA made an effort to save the dictatorship by undertaking a multi-pronged program, one with assassination. Porter Goss became too high-profile.
Goss then won the seat for Sarasota, Florida and subsequently he started to become involved in 1983 in Iran-Contra profiteering with Jeb and Neil Bush. (end of excerpts)
Jean-Guy reminds us that it was Goss who stopped further investigation into the allegations raised by Webb's "Dark Alliance" series, in exposing the CIA involvement in drug trafficking for the Contras. "When the House of Representatives finally agreed to take up the issue, after a report was issued by the CIA inspector general concerning drug trafficking by the agency, Porter Goss, who had directed the Intelligence Committee since the previous year, decided at a preliminary hearing that the allegations were "false."
Al Martin establishes connections with Porter Goss, the CIA, and the drug trafficking for the Contras, which is what Gary Webb exposed in his "Dark Alliance" series. It certainly could indicate that Porter Goss had a professional axe to grind with Gary Webb! And Jean Guy brings to our attention the FACT that it was Goss, who in true cover-up fashion, nixed the investigation into CIA drug trafficking and the Contra cocaine scandal.
Another Usual Suspect: Luis Posada Carriles
"Luis Posada was a veteran CIA agent with a history of involvement with drug traffickers, mobsters, and terrorists. He was recruited by the CIA in the 1960's after years of working with anti-Castro Cubans in Miami and was implicated in a number of terrorist incidents conducted by various Cuban extremist groups."- Webb ( Dark Alliance p. 246)
Luis Posada
Luis Posada , Gary Webb, and Porter Goss connections.
Jean-Guy makes the connection between Webb and Posada:
"He {Webb} denounced narco-terrorist Luis Posada Carriles and his accomplices who were involved in that criminal transaction {Contra-crack-cocaine}." Jean-Guy continues: "In June 1976 Guillermo Novo and Posada participated in forming the terrorist organization CORU, whose ranks were comprised of the likes of Félix Rodriguez, Frank Castro and other criminals involved in drug trafficking operations authorized by the Reagan administration in support of the Nicaraguan Contras, which Gary Webb had covered."
Here's a thumbnail sketch of Luis Posada's checkered past. Posada entered the world via Cuba in 1928. As a young man, he established a respectable career in Havana as a pediatrician. His next profession was a mother's worst nightmare: a CIA terrorist and drug trafficker. Predictably, he was fervently anti-Castro, participated in the Bay of Pigs fiasco, was a member of the infamous Operation 40, and even a Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Officially {emphasis mine} he worked for the CIA only until 1967. Around 1971 he moved to Venezuela. He found employment with the Venezuelan Secret Police (DISIP).
While living in Caracas, Venezuela, he and two associates were reportedly plotting sundry ways to assassinate Castro, who was to visit Caracas soon. As part of the plan, Posada had set up counterfeit documentation and false-trails implicating two innocent Russians as the assassins. Obviously, that plan for Castro's demise never materialized. Next, Posada started a security business in Venezuela.
In 1976 a Cabaña Airline exploded in mid-air after taking off from Barbados. All 73 passengers were killed, including 24 members of Cuba's gold medal fencing team. Eventually, two Venezuelan's were arrested in connection with the bombing of the Cabaña flight. One of the two arrested, Herman Ricardo, had previously worked for Posada's security agency in Venezuela. Ricardo wound up confessing that he and Freddy Lugo had planted two bombs in the Cabaña plane. He also informed the police that Posada and Orlando Bosch were the masterminds behind the black-op.
Eventually, Posada was caught and jailed in Venezuela to await trial for his part in the Cabaña affair. In 1985, Jorge Mas Canosa, head of the CANF, or Cuban American National Foundation, paid $26,000 to 'officials' enabling Posada to 'escape' from prison. CANF is a front group for broadcasting USA propaganda to Cuba via Marti TV. Posada is still wanted in Venezuela for his part in the Cabana Air tragedy.
In the mid-80's, Posada re-emerged as a CIA crack ­ cocaine ­ contra - man. Here's where he stepped into the pages of Webb's "Dark Alliance Series". Additionally, Peter Dale Scott asserts in his book, Cocaine Politics : "Posada was second in charge of a major Contra re-supply operation at Ilopango Air Force Base in El Salvador. He was recruited by Felix Rodriguez, a long-time CIA operative who was with the Bolivian forces that captured and executed Che Guevera."
In a 1998 New York Times interview, Posada admitted he had been fronted $200,000 by the U.S. government, via CANF, to plan a series of terrorist attacks in Cuba. Then in 2000 Posada and three other Cuban terrorists: Gaspar Jimenez, Guillermo Novo, and Pedro Ramon were arrested in Panama, for planning to kill, guess who - Castro! It seems Castro has used several of his nine lives just avoiding assassination by Posada. Castro was scheduled to speak at the University of Panama where hundreds of students would have been in attendance to hear him speak. In other words, there could have been many lives lost in the process of taking him out.
All four Cuban exiles were arrested and jailed in Panama. Then something very out of the ordinary happened. In August 2004 the outgoing U.S. backed, puppet President of Panama, Mireyas Moscoso, pardoned all four confirmed terrorists. This in turn created a political firestorm. As you recall, Posada was still wanted in Venezuela for the airline bombing As an act of protest, Cuba broke off all diplomatic relations with Panama and Venezuela retracted its ambassador.
It gets better. Finally we get 'to see compassionate conservatism' in action. President Bush actually granted the three known terrorists: Jimenez, Novo, and Ramon POLITICAL ASYLUM in the United States. And off to Florida they went. Hmmm? Then there's Luis Posada. He went to Honduras, but didn't stay long. Here's the rub. Posada wound up mysteriously in the United States in September 2004 with a U.S. passport.
So much for no-fly lists and abusive pat downs and strip searches at U.S. Airports, or stopping terrorists from entering the country. Honduran president, Ricardo Maduro had this to say; "I will demand that the United States and Panama explain how Posada used a false U.S. passport. How did that airplane leave Panama with Posada, reach Honduras, and wind-up in the United States? We know we're dealing with an international influence."
Venezuela won't get Posada, Immigration judge rules
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services
EL PASO, Texas - "A U.S. immigration judge has ruled that Luis Posada Carriles, a Cuban exile wanted in Venezuela on terrorism charges, cannot be deported to Cuba or Venezuela."
Some synchronicity here: Posada Carilles is sneaked into the U.S., Porter Goss becomes head of the CIA, and Gary Webb is shot twice in the head at close range in an attempt to make it look like a suicide.
"Wackenhut was very active in El Salvador during the Contra war, providing employees to protest the U.S. embassy and other installations, and doing "'things you wouldn't want your mother to know about'," one Wackenhut employee told Spy Magazine in 1992."-Webb (Dark Alliance, p.113)
And there are more dots:
An integral part of the police state drug war is the prison­industrial­complex. And the drug war has certainly fueled that system where prisoners, many of whom are incarcerated for minor drug offenses, are contracted out as slave labor pools for large corporations. In other words, prisons are thinly disguised, government/corporate forced labor camps. It's offical! America now has the highest incarceration rate in the world. We've even surpassed China and Russia. According to the latest figures: 1 in 138 Americans are currently behind bars. But how many people realize that before the so-called "drug war" was declared by President Regan, in 1980's America's prison population was actually declining. Hmmm! Who benefits? The Illuminati, ofcourse.
One of the sleaziest players in the prison for profit growth industry is a company called Wackenhut. But did you know that Wackenhut is a CIA front?
"GEORGE WACKENHUT, an ex-FBI man, formed his namesake security company in Florida in 1954. Closely tied to the Mob, radical Cubans, and right wing nuts including WACL. Since the company's inception, its board has been packed with "former" CIA, FBI, and military agents. The company guards the US's most sensitive facilities, and runs vast domintel ops. Was a key player in the Inslaw/Octopus affair, and reportedly smuggled arms to Iraq during the BUSH Administration. Wackenhut Corrections Corp. is now the no. 2 private prison contractor. Mr. Wackenhut once called George Bush "pink".
Here's an eye-opener article, Wackenhut: "Prisons, profits and golf umbrellas"BY ARUN PRADHAN
"Wackenhut maintained files on over four million suspected dissidents. "
"William Corbett, who worked for the CIA for 18 years, told the US-based "Spy Magazine", " 'For years Wackenhut has been involved with the CIA and other intelligence organizations. Wackenhut would allow the CIA to occupy positions within the company [in order to carry out] clandestine operations.' "
"He also said that Wackenhut would supply intelligence agencies with information, and that it was compensated for this " 'in a quid pro quo arrangement'."
"Retired FBI agent William Hinshaw also told the magazine about Wackenhut's ease in snaring lucrative governmental contracts as being governments' way of " 'pay[ing] Wackenhut for their clandestine help' ".
" 'It is known throughout the industry that if you want a dirty job done, call Wackenhut' ", Hinshaw said.
Let's see if I've got this straight:
1. The CIA sells and supplies the drugs.
2. The CIA launders their drug profits vis-a vis proprietary CIA banks around the globe and Wall Street at home.
3. The CIA is also involved in the slave labor, prison-for-profits racket, where drug offenders comprise the largest segment of the prison population?
"Although the original media reports of multiple gunshot wounds were confusing, the coroner's public-information officer, Ed Smith, since has explained that a single shot is not always fatal. Since 1995, said Smith, Sacramento County has had 13 such suicides."
Isn't it strange that Mr. Smith failed to any reveal significant, distinguishing details about the 13 suicides that Sacramento County has had since 1995. For example, how many of the two shot suicides cited were two shots to the head? And of the 13 that were two shots to the head, how many were accomplished with a .38 revolver? And by the way, how many of the 13 two shot suicides had a sufficiently thorough homicide investigation to confirm suicide beyond a reasonable doubt? Mr. Smith what are you hiding? Mr. Smith, please supply the details behind your generality.
Webb, : "So, the one thing that I've learned from this whole experience is, first of all, you can't believe the government -- on anything. And you especially can't believe them when they're talking about important stuff, like this stuff. The other thing is that the media will believe the government before they believe anything"
Transcript Excerpts: Gary Webb Speaks on CIA Connections to Contra Drug Trafficking (and Related Topics)
Date: January 16, 1999 Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene, Oregon
Sponsored By: Eugene Media Action; Eugene PeaceWorks; Hungry Head Books; The Committee in Solidarity With Central American Peoples; Support Coalition International.
Email From Paul Fassa
I am not an expert on guns, but I have dealt with and used them, rifles, shotguns, and handguns, for fun and games from age 12 to 35. I do know enough to communicate some basics regarding the gun used on Gary Webb on December 10, 2004. When the confusion form inaccurate reports immediately after Gary's demise settled, I focused on the logistics of the gun used. On that basis alone, the suicide claim did not hold up with me. Michael Rupert wrote an article shortly after Webb's death entitled "Saying Goodbye to a Giant" on his website using the gun logistics to assert his claim that Gary undoubtedly did himself in.
I say that is quite a feat considering the reality of the gun used and the wounds that resulted. Ruppert stated that the .38 revolver used was a "relatively weak" handgun using inappropriate "target bullets." Interesting. Is that why almost all police departments used the .38 revolver for decades until most, but not all, switched to 9mm semi-automatics in the past several years?
The "inappropriate target bullets" assertion is disinformation. First, let's be clear, the bullet is the nose of what most consider bullets. It is the smaller portion that is projected from the casing or shell that contains the powder that explodes when the firing pin of the gun strikes the back of that shell or casing.
Until the "60's, rounded lead bullets were used in the police special .38's. Experience in the field exposed problems with that bullet or projectile. The issues were not because of a lack of power. That type of bullet penetrated through, yes through, a body too cleanly and easily, causing damage to others near the targeted individual. It also ricocheted easily, injuring others not being targeted including the police involved in a shootout. Probably because the wound inflicted was so clean and exited the body, it sometimes did not cause enough internal damage to immediately stop a determined assailant from causing damage to whomever was firing the .38. But these were problems with the bullets, not the gun.
Those problems were resolved with changes in the bullet design, most notably the hallow point, which is just that. A hole in the front or point of the bullet causes the bullet to "mush" on impact. There were also flathead and ball bullets introduced to replace the rounded lead bullets. These designs helped keep the bullet from exiting the body rapidly or even at all in many cases, and increased internal bodily damage in the process as the bullet flattened out in the body. Ricochets were lowered considerably because the bullet "mushed" so much on striking all hard objects, which absorbed enough energy to lessen the "bounce" velocity..
The .38 revolver remained in service through the "60's and "70's with most law enforcement agencies. It was bullet design, not power that was the issue. Since then, that rounded lead bullet, once the standard, was considered appropriate for target practice, but not appropriate for self-defense. Go to a gun store and look for yourself. The old rounded tip bullets that are not hallowed or flattened are usually sold and purchased when you are planning to visit the firing range or go "plinking" cans and bottles in a large open field. The power is not diminished in those bullets. The shell or casing of each cartridge and the powder content remain the same! Get it? The lethal capacity from shooting someone, even yourself, at point blank in the head is not hampered by using "target bullets".
What's wrong with this picture?
Back to the "relatively weak handgun" statement by "ex-cop" Ruppert. Weak compared to what? I have read that even a .32 caliber handgun, I once had a .32 semi-automatic, can be used for defensive purposes, though "anything less than .38 caliber is risky". The 9mm semi-automatics that have been adopted by most law enforcement agencies are virtually the same size as a .38 caliber revolver in all respects. They simply use different measuring systems, comparable to adopting metric measurements over our English standards.
All caliber and mm sizes refer to the internal diameter, or bore, of the gun's barrel. That, of course, determines the thickness of the bullet itself. In handguns, the shell casing that contains the powder and holds the bullet is usually the same diameter as the bullet. The length of the casing and the amount of powder may vary, but the .38 revolver and 9mm semi-automatics use cartridges that are closely similar in size and power.
So why the shift from .38 revolvers to 9mm semi-automatics by most law enforcement agencies? The 9mm does have a little more muzzle power than the .38, but it is more compact than the bulky .38 revolver. More importantly, consider the fact that in a shootout, a semi-automatic puts one in a better defensive or attack situation because it is so easy to rapidly and repeatedly fire and reload! Which would you rather have in your possession in a dangerous environment? The trigger mechanism in a semi-automatic handgun is sensitive enough, after the first cocking action, to require a safety button or switch to prevent inadvertent firing, which would make the two shots to the head suicide more plausible with an involuntary muscle reaction on the trigger.
It is not so easy with a revolver. There are no gas activated or spring loaded recoil mechanisms, essential to the semi-automatic, that re-cock the revolver. It is completely mechanical. One can manually cock a revolver by pulling the hammer back completely, thus creating an easy, low resistance trigger squeeze to fire the gun. Otherwise, the resistance of the trigger is such that it takes a good pull or squeeze to move the revolving chamber into the firing chamber mechanically. Comparing the firing actions of a revolver to a semi-automatic is like comparing the shifting actions of an old stick shift truck to a new automatic transmission sports sedan.
So when it was revealed that Gary Webb had fired two shots into his head with a revolver, I dismissed the notion of a second trigger squeeze from an involuntary muscular reaction. Very possible with the ease of re-firing a semiautomatic, highly improbable, in my opinion impossible, with a revolver, especially one as large and powerful as a .38. Consider the awkward angle needed to fire into the area near his right ear, possibly behind it, in order to blow his lower left jaw out rendering his face unrecognizable with this "relatively weak handgun (sic)", realizing that the trigger is six to nine inches from the muzzle of the gun that was placed to his head.
Get a pen and hold it from the top while you place the point around the back and top of the right ear at the necessary angle for the "target" bullet, one that does not splatter but easily penetrates through a body, to blow out the left side of your lower jaw. Then you have the sound and physical recoil of the gun so close to his ear and held in an awkward, unsupported angle. Visit a firing range sometime (even in the movies). Notice how everyone is wearing a headset to protect the eardrums and holding a pistol with two hands. Why do you think that is?
My point is, the effort to either squeeze off another shot with a stiff trigger mechanism or manually cock the hammer, which is even further back from the head than the trigger. Gary would have had to overcome the trauma of a serious wound, shock, deafened and ringing ears, recovered the gun's position from the recoil, change the angle of gun to accurately aim into the brain, then squeeze a resistant trigger mechanism or re-cock the hammer in order to get off another shot. Easier to go unconscious and bleed to death! And why would he have had it at the wrong angle (downward instead of upward toward the brain) in the first place? I think it was because someone else was holding the gun to his head from behind while he was seated or trying to move away from the shooter.
Some of the firearm information was gleaned from and
Ruppert's Webb blasphemy, "Saying Goodbye to a Giant", can be read at
Who Benefits from Webb's demise?
Faustian Careerists - selling their souls to advance their careers
Goss has been rewarded by being named the Director of the CIA. Posada and friends, all known terrorists, have been pardoned and allowed to reside in the U.S.A.-no questions asked. Who benefited? And what about Gary's colleagues at "The Mercury News", where the initial firestorm from his "Dark Alliance" series started?
"In the aftermath, the Mercury News "did a mea culpa, [the] editors got promoted, and Gary bore the burden of the damage," says Scott Herhold, a Mercury News editor in the late '80s and a columnist there now. The editors who directed the series saw their careers flourish: David Yarnold was promoted to executive editor (he later became editorial page editor and recently left the paper to become an executive with an environmental organization); Paul Van Slambrouck became executive editor of the Christian Science Monitor (he is now a senior editor); Jerry Ceppos [editor of Mercury News who publicly recanted Dark Alliance] is vice president for news at Knight Ridder; and Dawn Garcia is deputy director of the John S. Knight Fellowships for Professional Journalists at Stanford University. All four declined to be interviewed for this article."
Faustian Globalists - Uninterrupted mass media mind control
Gary was in the process of finishing up a new book that would name more names and expose more details concerning the CIA's involvement in drug trafficking. Gary Webb's known, documented relationship with Riconoscuito would have taken Gary's research and writing to an even deeper level than Dark Alliance, exposing more of the secret government and its nefarious acitivies. The secret government must remain secret, and Webb would not be silent unless he was silenced.
Synchronicity - or planning?
Gary Webb was forced to resign from the Mercury News on December 10th, 1997. Porter Goss named by Bush to be the new CIA czar on August 10, 2004. Posada was back in Florida by September2004. Gary Webb was found dead on December 10th 2004.
According to Luis Gomez, a fellow investigative reporter associated with the Narco News School of Authentic Journalism, Gary Webb was working on a new book. Here's a quote from his eulogy to Webb:
"Chief Gary, pardon this digression, but did you finish that book you were working on? {emphasis mine} I remember that a few months ago everything was up in the air while you looked for work, but when you wrote to me again for the last time, you were already a reporter again. So I suppose that it is finished, because a journalist does not leave work hanging, and you were one of the best that I've known, that I've read. Now, I hope it gets released, so that we can find out what you were doing these last few months because I really don't know, and that ignorance makes me cry, chief."
Here's a segment from Alex Jones' interview of Kevin Booth:
KB: Right, it was all these cartels. So, like you said, he (Freeway Ricky Ross) was in the Victorville prison, right above Los Angeles there and the last time he spoke to Gary, which wasn't that long ago, he told me that Gary was still working on the story. This was the kind of thing that Gary was never going to give up on because Gary felt like he could just keep going with this forever and uncover more and more people and exposing more names. {emphasis Mine} But he (Ricky Ross) did tell me that Gary knew he was being followed. Every time he drove somewhere, there were always cars following him around. He said he knew it was government people . . . The entire transcript and audio of the conversation between Ross and Booth is available at:
Audience Member 11: So what I'd like to ask you is, what are you working on now? And do you have your own journalistic chain of reaction? Are you going to be doing something that connects back to this?
Gary Webb: The question is what am I doing now -- believe it or not, I'm working for the government. [Laughter from the audience.] I work for the California legislature, and I do investigations of state agencies. I just wrote a piece for Esquire magazine which should be out in April on another fabulous DEA program that they're running. Actually, part of it's based here in Oregon, called Operation Pipeline. That story is coming out in April, and Esquire told me they want me to write more stuff for them, they want me to do some investigative reporting for them, so I'll be working for them. And I'm putting together another book proposal, and a couple of other things. I'm not going to work for newspapers any more, I learned my lesson.
(Although the last part of this quote appeared earlier, I thought it was worth repeating.)
NOTE: Gary Webb's book Dark Alliance was published in 1998 (Hardback) and the paperback came out in 1999. Again this Q/A session was in January of 1999. This is clearly another book Gary is speaking about.
Why? It should be obvious to all that Gary Webb was unrepentant. He refused to apologize to ANYONE for having uncovered the truth about the CIA and drug trafficking.
Transcript Excerpts: Gary Webb Speaks on CIA Connections to Contra Drug Trafficking (and Related Topics)
Date: January 16, 1999 Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive St., Eugene, Oregon
Sponsored By: Eugene Media Action; Eugene PeaceWorks; Hungry Head Books; The Committee in Solidarity With Central American Peoples; Support Coalition International.
Dark Alliance(?) mini-series in the works deal went sour... "When a screenwriter suggested they write a miniseries that summer, he threw himself into the work, but the project fizzled." (According to this information from Sue Bell (Gary's ex-wife) in the article from which this quote was taken, this occurred in the summer of 2004).
The Sad Saga of Gary Webb By Susan Paterno ( Susan Paterno is an AJR senior writer.) June/July 2005
The offer to collaborate indicates that Gary was still continuing on with his investigative writing, perhaps expanding his original research into darker regions of the "Dark Alliance". Did the project "fizzle" because a few spooks picked up on it and scared a sincere screenwriter/producer away? Or was the screenwriter part of a set -up working to get information from Webb--to determine how much he currently knew and where his research was taking him ?
"Relationships with other women ended badly."- Sue Bell
A honey-pot is a term used to describe an intelligence agency operative (usually oposite sex but could be same sex) who is used to sexually attract and then ensnare a predetermined targeted individual into an affair in order to gain information, and or to lure the target in a way that he or she could be set-up and even arrested if need be.
So I wonder, could at least one of the affairs that Gary had engaged in actuality have been arranged by the Intel-crowd in an effort to gain information about Gary's ongoing investigation into CIA related activities, and his pending, future book that would have revealed more about government black-ops?
If a real investigation into Webb's death had been launched, these women could have been questioned and had background checks run if appropiate.
"... {Webb}had embarked on a series of affairs; he was divorced from Bell in 2000, though he remained close to her throughout his life."
The Stolen motorcycle - a cut-out?
"On the last day Webb was alive, his motorbike broke down while he was moving to his mother's house. A passing motorist - a heavily tattooed young man - gave him a lift home, then returned and stole the motorcycle, which police recovered from him three days after Webb's death."
"On the day he died, his motorcycle broke down. A man who appeared to be in his early 20s offered him a ride. Webb took it and gave him $20 for his trouble. By the time Webb returned to the parking lot where he'd left the motorcycle, it was gone, stolen by the same man, according to a detective with the Sacramento sheriff's department." (
Perhaps If there had been a homicidal investigation we could discern if the stolen motorcycle incident was a simple theft or possibly something more. From the perspective of the official story the stolen motorcycle is touted as a major event; it's been repeatedly promoted as the "trigger" incident that pushed Webb over the edge and into oblivion.
CLINT VAN ZANDT, FORMER FBI SPECIAL AGENT STATES: (2000) "But I can tell you that in suicides, as an FBI agent, we only found about 20 percent of suicides would have an actual suicide note."
"... a variety of studies over the past few decades showed that 15-35% leave {suicide} notes (e.g., Shneidman, 1981; Tuckman, Kleiner, & Lavell, 1959).
It is estimated that only less than one-third of people who commit suicide leave a note [19][20].
"The coroner claims that a hand-written note by Webb was found at the scene "indicating" an "intention" to take his life - although we are left clueless as to what the coroner means by the words "indicating" and "intention." These are, of course, favorite government "fudge" words."
Bell explains, "Webb had written four letters explaining what he was about to do - one to her, one to each of their three children - and mailed them immediately before he killed himself."
Although the family members confirmed that the notes were from Gary, there was no forensic handwriting analysis done to prove this. Most people probably don't know that at least since the 60's the FBI has developed "state-of-the-art forgery" capability. Another obscure fact is that most suicide victims do not leave notes, statistically only about twenty percent actually leave a suicide note. So why the over kill here? Gary allegedly left five notes including the one remaining the scene of the crime. And how many people know that Webb mailed four "suicide notes" "immediately before he killed himself?" Huh?
"Forged Correspondence: Former employees have confirmed that the FBI has the capacity to produce state-of-the-art forgery. This capacity was used under COINTELPRO to create snitch jackets and bogus communications that exacerbated differences among activists and disrupted their work.
For example: " The Senate Intelligence Committee uncovered a series of FBI letters sent to top Panther leaders throughout 1970 in the name of Connie Mathews, an intermediary between the Black Panther Party's national office and Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver, in exile in Algeria. These exquisite forgeries were prepared on pilfered stationery in Panther vernacular expertly simulated by the FBI's Washington, D.C. laboratory. Each was forwarded to an FBI Legal Attache at a U.S. Embassy in a foreign country that Mathews was due to travel through and then posted at just the right time "in such a manner that it cannot be traced to the Bureau."
[NOTE] "The FBI enhanced the eerie authenticity of these fabrications by lacing them with esoteric personal tidbits culled from electronic surveillance of Panther homes and offices."
For a discussion of additional points to ponder SEE: "GARY WEBB SUICIDED TO KILL NEW BOOK?"
What does it mean?
Here's my version for your consideration.
Gary Webb's death was an assassination, carefully staged as a suicide. Webb never posted a note on the front door to alert the movers not to enter the house and to call 911 instead. It's pure confabulation on the part Ruppert, et al, to convince others that the note to the movers was Webb's attempt to "secure the crime scene". Ironically, it really was a "crime scene" after all - a homicide! Webb never wrote four "suicide' notes and mailed them just prior to killing himself. Nor did Webb write a fifth suicide note that was left in a conspicuous place, inside his recently sold house, so it would easily be found by officials. And Webb didn't neatly place a pile of identifying information, including his drivers license, next to his body. Wow! what a considerate guy. Except for this fact. Webb had just sold his house for $300,000 plus and the new owners were scheduled to move in to their new home within days.
Don't you wonder why Webb didn't just check into a hotel room while he was off mailing those suicide notes, and off himself there, sparing the new owners of his home the trauma and stigma of moving into a house where a suicide had just occurred? Just wondering, after all, it is claimed he did all those other things out of consideration, right? All the reports asserting this so-called suicide indicates logic and determination on Gary's part, until we realize that Webb couldn't even position his gun correctly to achieve his primary aim. And Webb's death may just go down in history as the "suicide" victim who left the most suicide notes. I believe the reason behind all those excessive suicide notes, the warning note to the movers, and the visibly placed array of Webb identifying information was simply to guarantee that there would be no homicide investigation and autopsy. This was done by the assassination team, not Webb. And it worked, didn't it?
One last point about Webb allegedly writing and sending individual "suicide" notes to each family member, I believe this was an over the top, psy-op done to create maximum trauma and introversion within each family member, as well as convince them individually that the suicide was real, as the forged notes no doubt contained thoughts that would resonate in a personal way. This would also assure the perps that "suicide" would be the agreed upon verdict by all family members. To challenge a suicide note from a loved one is not often done, and may be seen as a symbolic form of desecration. The most important outcome for the hit team, aside form murdering Webb of course, was to make sure there would be no homicide investigation.
Who Ordered Gary Webb's assassination?
But the proles, if only they could somehow become conscious of their own strength, would have no reason to conspire. They needed only to rise up and shake themselves, like a horse shaking off flies. If they chose, they could blow the party to pieces tomorrow morning. Surely, sooner or later, it must occur to them to do it? And yet - George Orwell, 1984
As difficult as it is for the majority of mainstream Americans to comprehend, assassination is a common tool that's used widely and routinely by the Illuminati and their minions to shape the geo-political landscape for their Illuminati/NWO agenda. Anything or anyone that gets in the way of their intentions is, shall we say eliminated- often even en masse.
No Virginia. There are no conspiracies. Just ignore those men behind the curtain!
The "Demonocracy"
And their credo: "Do What Thou Wilt shall be the Whole of the Law."- Aleister Crowley
Most of today's supposedly 'sovereign' national governments are in fact merely front groups for this cartel. In reality Gary had begun to pull back the curtain enough to expose a small portion of the CIA 's behind the scenes international drug trafficking network, which is a massively lucrative black-op and component of the secret government's hierarchical power structure.
The real power that actually steers our society looks like this: larger pyramids within smaller pyramids, with a top down command structure, all contained within an overarching pyramid structure. Intelligence agencies, like all the above mentioned institutions in our society, likewise are designed in this fashion. Keep in mind, the people at the bottom of the pyramid are the least knowledgeable, and generally have no idea of the "big picture". Their roles are limited to bureaucratic or operative functions. They are often unknowing cut-outs inadvertantly working for the secret government.
It didn't take Webb long to connect the dots, and it was just a matter of time before he'd connect more and more dots. A very real danger, from the perspective of the power elite, was that Webb's expose of CIA drug trafficking could inevitably lead back to the real powers behind the throne: the Illuminati. But still, drugs are only one component of a much larger agenda.
Again, regardless of the cover story we've been force feed about intelligence agencies and what their true mission is-- they are first and foremost the covert implementers and enforcers of the Illuminati or New World Order (NWO) agenda. Often times when a black-op occurs, it's difficult to distinguish who exactly was behind it: Mossad, MI6, the CIA or any of their affiliates/offshoots, or a combination of the above. These Intel-agencies often work in concert, despite the nations or groups that they ostensibly represent. They all have complimentary interlocking goals, which actually makes sense, because they are ultimately all working for the same people. For those who naively think or believe the CIA is working on behalf of the American people, installing democracies around the world, or merely intelligence gathering under the rubric of "NATIONAL SECURITY", I highly recommend reading books by authors like William Blum (ex-State dept), Rodney Stitch (ex-FAA accident investigator), Phillip Agee (ex-CIA), or John Stockwell(ex-CIA).
The overt implementers of the Illuminati/ NWO mission are the majority of the legitimate, even so called democratic, governments around the globe. So it makes no difference who appears to be in charge of any of these governments as they are facades used to legitimize and implement the NWO policies. This is probably why Gary Webb no longer believed in voting and considered himself a "responsible anarchist". As the notorious, Anarchist (not communist) Emma Goldman once said, "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
The Elites have created an interlocking secret society network of groups such as the Bildbergers, CFR (Council on Foreign Relations), Trilateral Commission, British Roundtable, Club of Rome etc., that hammer out the NWO global agenda and broadly formulate policies, programs, plans and target dates for the stepwise implementation of their globalist agenda around the world. Then the Illuminati owned and controlled press/media "manufactures consent" for the Elitist conspired agenda. Of course, it's all made to look very democratic, as if the demonically inspired agenda was actually generated at the grass roots level by we the people.
OUR Government is actually a local chapter of the global NWO criminal cartel, aka Illuminati! Webb was carefully fitting the pieces of the puzzle together. And the big picture was starting to emerge. Over time Webb understood that the drug war was completely bogus. He was on his way to discovering that our *government* is the number one drug trafficker on the planet! Webb was quoted by the LA Times as saying, "Now we know what CIA stands for - Crack In America".
When Gotti was asked under oath if the mob was dealing in drugs he casually replied: "No, we can't compete with the government."
Truth is - all the major institutions that shape our lives are under the Illuminati web of control and influence. It's by inserting their people in decision making positions within key institutions that they are able to surreptitiously wield a remarkable level of coordinated control and power over the masses. The institutions and enterprises they own, control, or influence include: banking (money creation), wall street, big business, government/politics, education, media, religion, intelligence agencies, Medical/ pharmaceutical companies, illegal drug trafficking, organized crime, and the prison industrial complex.
From the perspective of the secret government, Gary Webb would remain a "person of interest." Webb had already deemed to be a proven trouble source and he would always remain a potential trouble source. For starters, Webb had the skill and the determination to keep digging and connecting dots, to expose the "Demonocracy" or as Danny Casolaro called it "The Octopus." And we know what happened to Casolaro! When Webb connected up with Riconosciuto his fate was sealed. He was following in Casolaro's footsteps. Riconosciuto had crossed the line when he signed the Inslaw Affidavit. That signature sent a strong signal to his former employer within the secret government that he was now working for the people. For that, he was thrown into prison on bogus drug charges - a political prisoner in reality. I am convinced more than ever that scientific geniuses are not allowed to work for the benefit of humanity. The secret government ensures that their genius is exploited to be used against humanity.
When the spooks got wind of the Riconosciuto - Webb connection it must have sent fire alarms ringing throughout their pyramid. They knew Riconoscuito would give Webb a highly detailed, backdoor satanic occult mystery tour of the secret government black-ops division he had been working for since Riconosciuto was a teenager. And what would Webb do with this information? He would write about it because that is what Webb did so well. The only solution: take Webb out. Riconsciuto had offered information for Casolaro, who eagerly took advantage of the offer. And there were others. In fact, there is a growing trail of dead bodies around Riconosciuto, including Gary Webb. It seems even as a political prisoner, Riconosciuto is useful to them - as bait.
"We live in a nation hated abroad and frightened at home. A place in which we can reasonably refer to the American Republic in the past tense. A country that has moved into a post-constitutional era, no longer a nation of laws but an autocracy run by law breakers, law evaders and law ignorers. A nation governed by a culture of impunity ... a culture in which corruption is no longer a form of deviance but the norm. We all live in a Mafia neighborhood now."
-Sam Smith
From Jeffery Moussaieff Masson's book: "The Pig Who Sang to the Moon: The Emotional World of Farm Animals," Masson writes: "I was told by some New Zealand sheep farmers that sometimes a particularly smart lamb will learn to undo the latch of a gate, evidently not an uncommon skill, and the sheep farmer then worries that the lamb might teach his less clever companions to do the same."
Masson asked a group of farmers, "What do you with sheep who can undo the latch?"
"We shoot them," came the reply, "so they can't pass on their knowledge."
"Others nodded in agreement," Masson continued. "They all had anecdotes about particularly intelligent sheep who were shot as a reward for their cleverness."
"Tyranny inspires awe and terror precisely because it allies itself with death. The spectacle of the scaffold and its terror are its distinguishing marks. Knowing that the tyrant does not shrink from atrocities strikes fear into the hearts of his subjects."
- Foucault
Daniel "Danny" Casolaro - Researched BCCI and the Inslaw/PROMIS Affair, and the Cabazon Reservation, Iran-Contra, Iraq-gate, the October Surprise, and so on. A "suicide."
Steve Kangas - Researcher and writer who started "Liberal Resurgent" web site dedicated to naming names and exposing the fascist underbelly of American democracy. His greatest and lasting contribution was his research culminating in the: "The Origins of the Overclass" which exposed in great detail the CIA's interlocking role expanding and maintaining the plutocracy that runs America. A "suicide."
Jim Hatfield - Researcher and author who wrote "Fortunate Son," an unauthorized biography of George W Bush that included planted information from Karl regarding George W. Bush's alleged cocaine. Rove knew that Hatfield was an ex-con and could easily be discredited along with the Bush cocaine allegation. The last thing Hatfield wrote "Why Would Osama Want to Kill His Ex-Business Partner?" A "suicide." ...
Mark Lombardi- "Artist and researcher who developed "Global Networks" or "Social Network Diagrams" which illustrated and chronicled the relationships between many of our day's shadiest characters, institutions and treasons. One of his works graphically charted Osama bin Laden, Sheik Salim bin Laden, James R Bath, Texas Gov George W Bush and HARKEN Energy". A "suicide."  ...
Photo By Noel Neuburger
Reporter Gary Webb, seen in this 1997 photo, will be remembered for his "Dark Alliance" series, first published in the San Jose Mercury News.
Gary Webb- - "A Suicide."


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of Paul Vigay

Body found washed ashore in Southsea
20 February 2009 – By Fran Duckett-Pike
...Police are investigating after the body of a man
was discovered in the sea off Southsea seafront.
The body of 44-year-old Paul Vigay was discovered
in the sea at Eastney on Friday morning.
Police said Mr Vigay, of Manners Road, Southsea,
had been reported missing at 11pm on Thursday night.
The body was discovered by a member of the public
who was out on the beach walking their dog...Read More

The Last Circle
By Carol Marshall
...I have in my possession five boxes of documents,
obtained from a convicted methamphetamine chemist
whose closest friends were a 20-year CIA operative
and a former FBI Senior-Agent-in-Charge of the
Los Angeles and Washington D.C. bureaus.
The labyrinthine involvements of these people
and their corporate partners is revealed in this
manuscript, along with information obtained by
Washington D.C. journalist Danny Casolaro
prior to his death in 1991...Read More

The Police State Road Map 
Chapter 7

First published January 2004
Last updated March 2005
A MUST Read...Excellent..
Concise and to the point!


The Finders Investigation

Franklin Cover-Up: Pedophile Conspiracy

The Gunderson Report: Child Sexual Abuse

Satanism, Sex Crimes, and Consequences - Sex Experiments of Alfred Kinsey

Children in the New World Order - Slaves in the 21st Century

Satanic Concubines

Fistgate Report: Students Given Graphic Instruction In Homosexual Sex 

''The Pope, priests, and pedophiles'' By John Brand, D.Min.,J.D.

Mind Control Victim Awarded $1 Million/The Franklin Cover-up 

The Pedophocracy, Part  From Brussels ...revealing, extensive article on Pedophilia and the NWO

The Pedophocracy, Part II: ... to Washington

The Pedophocracy, Part III:...Uncle Sam Wants Your Children

The Pedophocracy, Part IV:...McMolestation

The Pedophocracy, Part V:...It Couldn't Happen Here

The Pedophocracy, Part VI: Finders Keepers

A Dialogue with the Devil David McGowan

Daddy's Little Princess: JonBenét Ramsey & The Air In Colorado

Celluloid Heroes: Part I or: You Can See All the Blood as You Walk Down Hollywood Boulevard?

Celluloid Heroes: Part II or: The Tangled Web of Charlie Manson

Untouchable? Millions of people worship Sai Baba as God incarnate. More and more say the Indian guru is also a pedophile.

Japan Hosts World Congress to Battle Child Sex Trade

Subject: The CIA, Children & Mind-Control: JOHN RAPPAPORT

Mind Control Slavery and the New World Order  from NEXUS magazine

Michael A. Aquino, Ph.D. Lt. Colonel, Military Intelligence, USAR-Ret.

Jewish Gangsters Raped, Killed Children As Young As 2 On Film 












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