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Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:46 AM

Anyone remember Sen. Kerry's 1988 report "Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy"


http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB2/storm.htm

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Although many readers of the Mercury News articles may not have known it, "Dark Alliance" is not the first reported link between the contra war and drug smuggling. More than a decade ago, allegations surfaced that contra forces, organized by the CIA to overthrow the Sandinista government in Nicaragua, were consorting with drug smugglers with the knowledge of U.S. officials. The Associated Press broke the first such story on December 20, 1985. The AP's Robert Parry and Brian Barger reported that three contra groups "have engaged in cocaine trafficking, in part to help finance their war against Nicaragua." Dramatic as it was, that story almost didn't run, because of pressure by Reagan administration officials (see "Narco-Terrorism: A Tale of Two Stories" CJR, September/October, 1986). Indeed, the White House waged a concerted behind-the-scenes campaign to besmirch the professionalism of Parry and Barger and to discredit all reporting on the contras and drugs.

Whether the campaign was the cause or not, coverage was minimal. While regional papers like the San Francisco Examiner--which ran a June 23, 1986 front-page exposé on Norvin Meneses, a central figure in the Mercury News series--broke significant ground on contra-drug connections, the larger papers and networks (with the exception of CBS) devoted few resources to the issue. The attitude of the mainstream press was typified during the November 1987 press conference held to release the final report of the Congressional Joint Iran-Contra Committees. When an investigative reporter rose to ask the lead counsel of the committees whether the lawmakers had come across any connection between the contras and drug-smuggling, a New York Times correspondent screamed derisively at him from across the aisle: "Why don't you ask a serious question?"

Even when a special Senate subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics, and International Operations, chaired by Senator John Kerry, released its long-awaited report, Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy, big-media coverage constituted little more than a collective yawn. The 1,166-page report--it covered not only the covert operations against Nicaragua, but also relations with Panama, Haiti, the Bahamas, and other countries involved in the drug trade--was the first to document U.S. knowledge of, and tolerance for, drug smuggling under the guise of national security. "In the name of supporting the contras," the Kerry Committee concluded in a sad but stunning indictment, officials "abandoned the responsibility our government has for protecting our citizens from all threats to their security and well-being."

The report:
http://www.cfr.org/narcotics-control/senate-subcommittee-report-drugs-law-enforcement-foreign-policy-kerry-committee-report/p28122

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Reply Anyone remember Sen. Kerry's 1988 report "Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy" (Original post)
blm Jan 2013 OP
karynnj Jan 2013 #1
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #2
blm Jan 2013 #5
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #7
blm Jan 2013 #14
Sekhmets Daughter Jan 2013 #16
leveymg Jan 2013 #3
blm Jan 2013 #4
leveymg Jan 2013 #8
blm Jan 2013 #11
mulsh Jan 2013 #6
blm Jan 2013 #9
Berlum Jan 2013 #10
Mc Mike Jan 2013 #12
blm Jan 2013 #13
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #15
blm Jan 2013 #17
Mc Mike Jan 2013 #25
blm Jan 2013 #26
Mc Mike Jan 2013 #27
blm Jan 2013 #31
Mc Mike Jan 2013 #34
Egalitarian Thug Jan 2013 #18
blm Jan 2013 #21
okaawhatever Jan 2013 #22
Egalitarian Thug Jan 2013 #24
Octafish Jan 2013 #33
Uncle Joe Jan 2013 #19
blm Jan 2013 #20
okaawhatever Jan 2013 #23
Go Vols Jan 2013 #28
think Jan 2013 #29
blm Jan 2013 #30
Octafish Jan 2013 #32
appal_jack Jan 2013 #35
777man Apr 2013 #36
blm Apr 2013 #37
blm Apr 2013 #38
777man Apr 2013 #39
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Response to blm (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 08:51 AM

1. I do - and your long ago posts are the reason why

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Response to blm (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:01 AM

2. I'm reading Parry's

"America's Stolen Narrative" right now...almost finished. He has clarified so many things I wondered about all those years ago.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:16 AM

5. Somehow Robert Parry (who broke many IranContra stories) is demeaned as a conspiracy theorist

these days, even by some Democrats who never even knew there was sworn testimony, govt. documents, and official senate reports confirming the existence of the covert ops.

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Response to blm (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:35 AM

7. How better to silence your critics than to label them as CTists?

I don't buy into most CTs...but Parry is not a CT nut...

One thing that came across 'loud and clear' in this book is that these coverups would not have worked without the compliance of the Dems in congress. Only Kerry stood tall...no wonder they worked so hard to defeat his presidential run. I almost laughed when I read how the newly sworn in Clinton administration went along with burying the the investigation...How did the rethugs thank Clinton...they impeached him! Dems never seem to learn.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:16 PM

14. How horrifying that some on DU would label Kerry/Parry's work as 'creative speculation'.



We All Failed Gary Webb
By Robert Parry
December 10, 2008 (A Special Report)

Since Gary Webb’s suicide four years ago, I have written annual retrospectives about the late journalist’s important contribution to the historical record -- he forced devastating admissions from the CIA about drug trafficking by the Nicaraguan contra rebels under the protection of the Reagan administration in the 1980s...
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2008/120908.html

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Response to blm (Reply #14)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:44 PM

16. There are none so blind as

those who will not see.

I find DU is pretty typical of any large demographic. 1% think, 2% think they think and 97% would rather die than think.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:33 AM

3. Thank you Sen. Kerry and Bob Parry/Brian Barger. Thanks also for their investigations of BCCI and

the Bush-CIA-Saudi connection to covert slush funds, bank looting, and the Pakistani nuclear program and paramilitary operations. One of the finest reports ever produced, but also largely ignored by the corporate media.

America is fortunate to have them.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 09:54 AM

4. Yes, and power-elite like Dick Cheney attacked Kerry in the media as a 'conspiracy theory nut'

in an effort to marginalize his voice and demean his credibility.

Sadly, many Democrats are still completely unaware of the reports that defined the real IranContra, BCCI and CIA drug-running investigations. Lack of corporate media coverage has led to these years of investigation, sworn testimony, documents, and detailed reports being downplayed today as mere conspiracy theory.

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Response to blm (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:41 AM

8. That's why this place, in particular, is so valuable.

One of the few sites where there actually is open discussion of these matters. Even here, we're just a tiny tweater inside a giant Democratic Party boombox - very little apparent interest these days in intelligence issues. Still, it is a sounding board, and I'm glad for the forum.

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Response to leveymg (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 12:28 PM

11. Apparently, some here no longer believe these facts are relevant and side with Cheney's

claim that these facts were merely imagined by Kerry.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 10:35 AM

6. KPFA in Berkeley broadcast much of the hearings live.

My boss and I were able to listen to most of them. At fairly regular intervals either he or I would start screaming at the radio. Our co-workers thought we were going to kill each other. My favorite phrase from the hearings was "pallatized bundles of $100 bills" used by military brass tesifying about drug payments being processed through selected US Air Force bases

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Response to mulsh (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:00 AM

9. Wish I had paid more attention at the time. Even many here at DU are still in the dark when

it comes to the actual documentation of the crimes committed during these operations. They know the words "Iran Contra scandal" but, have no clue of its many layers and the details involved. Historian Harold Evans called IranContra the greatest crime spree against the US Constitution in history, yet, the powerful elite have succeeded in downplaying its significance.

Harold Evans is the author of the highly regarded book "The American Century" and is married to Tina Brown.
http://www.powells.com/review/2001_06_28.html

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Response to blm (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 11:23 AM

10. Republicans caused America's drug epidemic

to enrich themselves and their 1% cronies, and to occultly work great darkness.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 01:08 PM

12. I remember it. +1, thanks.

'Poppy' did a stellar job with the anti-drug task force, while Nancy 'just said no'.

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Response to Mc Mike (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 01:47 PM

13. I hope US revisits this during Sec of State hearings, but, I doubt corpmedia will report for duty.

They always manage to forget this happened, even after 9-11.

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Response to blm (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 02:24 PM

15. I don't think his hearings will end up being very involved--

they aren't going to be trying to trip him up.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #15)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:11 PM

17. They won't want public knowing the charges were proved true thru declassified documents

that were made public, but, only when the media placed the issue on ignore.
Fortunately, the National Security Archives compiles all government documents.


http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB2/nsaebb2.htm
The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 2
For more information contact:
202/994-7000 or nsarchiv@gwu.edu



Washington, D.C. – An August, 1996, series in the San Jose Mercury News by reporter Gary Webb linked the origins of crack cocaine in California to the contras, a guerrilla force backed by the Reagan administration that attacked Nicaragua's Sandinista government during the 1980s. Webb's series, "The Dark Alliance," has been the subject of intense media debate, and has focused attention on a foreign policy drug scandal that leaves many questions unanswered.

This electronic briefing book is compiled from declassified documents obtained by the National Security Archive, including the notebooks kept by NSC aide and Iran-contra figure Oliver North, electronic mail messages written by high-ranking Reagan administration officials, memos detailing the contra war effort, and FBI and DEA reports. The documents demonstrate official knowledge of drug operations, and collaboration with and protection of known drug traffickers. Court and hearing transcripts are also included.
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Response to blm (Reply #17)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:11 PM

25. I remember a Rolling Stone issue at the time,

which had Allen Ginsberg and William Burroughs, both talked about the cocaine smuggling. One of them said that 'when our covert operators were in SE Asia, we had a big heroin epidemic, now they're in Central America, and we have a big cocaine epidemic.'

I have McCoy's 'Politics of Heroin in South East Asia'. Excellent book. Leslie Cockburn's 'Out of Control' was a good book on the CIA contra coke connection, but isn't indexed. One interesting story in that book showed the CIA trying to smear Kerry and his staff by planting drugs in a package, with a note from a Sandinista official to J.K' about the quality of the last shipment. Treasonous right wing clowns, would be laughable if there wasn't such a high body-count, domestic and foreign.

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Response to Mc Mike (Reply #25)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 06:22 PM

26. Exactly - few Dems are even aware of HALF the sh!t that Kerry has gone through.

And half the Dem establishment (the quietly powerful) of the last 3 decades has been working against him, too.

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Response to blm (Reply #26)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:03 PM

27. I backed him strongly in '04, primary and final.

He did win in Ohio, and if he had gotten in, we could have saved a lot of lives and misery here and abroad.

I think that Kucinich, Clark, and Dean were all taking one aspect of Kerry's candidacy and political legacy (anti-war, war vet, and New England progressive Dem). He has it all.

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Response to Mc Mike (Reply #27)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:11 AM

31. Yes, because corporate media would NEVER allow the public discussion of Kerry's actual legacy.

or its relevance to EVERYTHING that was happening pre and post 9-11, and still going on today. No one in DC knew more about the sources supporting global terrorism than Kerry, but, corpmedia shut his voice down post 9-11 because his first appearance after the attack he linked global terror groups to BCCI - he wasn't carrying water for BushInc, so news programs weren't booking him.

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Response to blm (Reply #31)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:43 AM

34. But they'll constantly book the doddering sore loser McCain and his half-wit running mate.

Because of how knowledgeable they are, I suppose.

I still don't back the DLC types, but I do admit that Sec. Clinton did a ton of work during her tenure, putting out repug-perpetrated brushfires all over the globe. The same treasonous repugs are going to do the same thing this term. He's very capable, but will have his work cut out for him.

The BCCI client list of nazis, intel, mob, terrorists was amazingly appalling. We got one 'clean up' term out of the massive Watergate scandals, then right back to insane criminal treason by the 'loyal opposition' party. Iran-Contra was the Watergate that 'never happened'. 5 terms of repug presidential scandals, with no clean up afterwards.

Did you see coverage of the 'collision' that claimed Teresa K.'s first husband, by any chance? A Sun Oil chopper ran it's rotor into the landing gear of Heinz's plane, 'to attempt to see if it was fully deployed', though that particular plane didn't have retractable landing gear. That's the official story. Heinz was very conservative, even more than Specter, but wasn't a bush partisan. Bush tried to put his flunky Thornburg into Heinz's Senate seat afterward, and bush flunky John Tower died in a plane crash immediately after Heinz's crash. Teresa quit the GOP soon afterward.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:27 PM

18. K&R. Yes. I also remember who and how it was downplayed and widely ignored.

 

They submitted their report and that was exactly where it ended.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #18)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 06:54 PM

21. And they spent the next 20yrs taking shots at Kerry's credibility. The SoS hearings

may be a chance to get some of this out again.

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Response to blm (Reply #21)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:09 PM

22. I think he'll fly through for this very reason. Adding credibility

to any future statements that they don't block all of Obama's appointments. If the average person only knew....

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Response to blm (Reply #21)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 01:15 AM

24. They've been beating on Kerry since the 70s.

 


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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #24)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:25 AM

33. Guy who beat on Kerry for Nixon beat on Kerry for Bush Jr. as Swift Boat Liar Number 1.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:33 PM

19. It's ironic that Reagan "just couldn't say no" to the Contras and their cocaine smuggling.

Thanks for the thread, blm.

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Response to Uncle Joe (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 03:37 PM

20. I think Reagan had no clue how far Poppy Bush was going with his covert ops.

Pretty sure these dirty ops are part of the reason that Reagan family hates the Bushes. Reagan's legacy takes its biggest hits from Poppy Bush's machinations.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Wed Jan 16, 2013, 07:11 PM

23. Time to make a movie.....Kathryn Bigelow project? nt

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Response to blm (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 07:13 PM

28. "I do not recall"/"I don't remember"

is what I remember Ronny Raygun saying over 100 times during the hearings that followed.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Thu Jan 17, 2013, 11:32 PM

29. Thank you for posting. Was looking for this doc online just today.

It is a shame information like this isn't readily available on the net in a digital format that is easier to search and use for referencing.

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Response to think (Reply #29)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:10 AM

30. I don't think that is accidental, think. Pretty sure it's intentional.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:22 AM

32. Kerry, Ollie North, and Drugs ... through BCCI

From DU2:

A Bank so Crooked, it Corrupts whoever it Touches: Bert Lance. Clark Clifford. George Bush Sr (oops, too late!)...

http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/Mahfouz.html

Thanks for the narco backgrounder. It is effing amazing and helps me see why Ollie North hates John Kerry so. Ollie even sicced the FBI on Kerry;

OLLIE NORTH AND DRUGS

By Dennis Bernstein and Howard Levine
From The Texas Observer

EXCERPT...

If Iran-Contra prosecutor Lawrence Walsh had wanted to know the extent of former Colonel Oliver North's involvement in the smuggling of drugs from Central America to the United States, Walsh might have made at least one phone call to Celerino 'Cele' Castillo in San Antonio.

Between 1985 to 1991, Castillo was the Drug Enforcement Administration's main agent in El Salvador, where, he says, he uncovered "and reported" a huge drug and gun smuggling operation that was run out of the Ilopango military airport by the 'North Network' and the CIA.

North, now the Republican nominee for the U. S. Senate in Virginia, prevailed at the nominating convention last weekend by positioning himself far to the right of his rival, former Reagan budget director James Miller III, promising that if elected he will work to "clean up the mess" in Washington, and cultivating the support of the same fundamentalist Christian Republicans who
responded to the direct-mail campaign to finance the North defense committee.

But Castillo, the first government official with first-hand knowledge of North's drug dealing to speak publicly about it, says North belongs in prison, not in the U.S. Senate. "We saw several packages of narcotics, we saw several boxes of U.S. currency, going from Ilopango to Panama," Castillo said.

CONTINUED...

ORINGAL LINK BUSTED: http://www.csun.edu/CommunicationStudies/ben/news/cia/961120.castillo.html

A VERSION AT RUTGERS: http://sci.rutgers.edu/forum/showthread.php?p=373527

BTW: I just LOVE Ratical.com. Sniff... I can't help myself. I'm a DemocRAT!



A Ten-Gallon Hat on a Half-Pint Head.

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Response to blm (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:01 PM

35. K&R, n/t.

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Response to 777man (Reply #36)

Sat Apr 6, 2013, 11:33 AM

37. Thank you. And welcome.

Anyone adding their voices to the anti-corruption/true history threads are especially welcome.

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Response to 777man (Reply #36)

Sat Apr 6, 2013, 11:44 AM

38. We expected added scrutiny after release of The International, too. Corpmedia kept

the movie from being discussed by making all the interviews about Naomi Watts' personal life on that entire publicity tour.

Hopefully some of the legitimate investigative reporters from Webb's era will dare to speak up when this film is released.

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Response to blm (Reply #38)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 01:27 PM

39. I Sort of Fancied that movie

I liked the international, though of course it could have gone further,

Let us not sit by this time and be complacent about Gary

I am going to right-wing forums to stir it up!


http://www.the-peoples-forum.com/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=1566

http://blip.tv/file/834451


By the way, I have Part 2 of Kerry report (26mb) but scribd will not let it upload to the site. too large maybe.I have 75 pages of Part 1 of the kerry report. Both of these came from www.memoryhole.com/kerry The site has been down for years.. i want to get these reports back up and online.

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Response to 777man (Reply #39)

Fri Apr 12, 2013, 02:06 PM

40. Try National Security Archives

They've preserved every government document, report and transcript ever released since the 70s - even when certain administrations tried to reclassify those documents retroactively.

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