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14. Just saw another documentary "Damage Done" from my PVR off of Free Speech TV earlier...
Edited on Wed Apr-30-08 11:24 AM by calipendence
It's a documentary where law enforcement folks, judges, etc. all say that the "prohibition" on drugs is totally screwed up and that we need a new set of laws that doesn't thrive on sending people to prison and the profits and corruption surrounding it.

One part of it had a former DEA agent, Cele Castillo, who was very well meaning when he started the job in trying to prevent big drug trafficking from getting up here to the states. But then he shows where he's documented the corruption of the Contras with the drug trade then, and that his reports he sent back to Washington were in effect flushed down "a black hole" instead of being heard.

Edit: Note from this page there's a book that looks to be a good reference for this story. The comments below here reference Webb's work too in context. /

a comment:
Castillo, a former DEA field agent, stationed in Central America became an unwitting witness to the CIA's, Oliver North's, and the Reagan Administration's involvement in the smuggling of cocaine to fund the Contra army. Published years before the 1997 San Jose Mercury News/Gary Webb article, "Dark Alliance", about the CIA's role in bringing crack to the streets of America, Castillo provides a shocking but entirely credible story from the inside. Castillo, during the course of his field investigations into cocaine smuggling, inevitably ran into the CIA's cocaine network. A fly-drugs-up/fly-guns-down network operated by Oliver North, Richard Secord, and CIA front company Southern Air Transport out of the Ilopango airbase in El Salvador. He was repremanded time and time again by his DEA superiors for sticking his nose places it didn't belong. Warned off by claims he was endangering missions critical to our National Security. Yet, Castillo continued to file tell-all reports to the DEA in Washington. This is the story of the uncovering of these revelations, and one man's fight to expose the truth and bring these injustices to light. I highly recommend it.

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The foreward, written by Michael Levine, encourages the reader to cancel all appointments for the next several hours as the reader will not be able to put this book down. Levine wasn't kidding. This book is about the life of Cele Castillo. It begins with Cele's childhood under the rule of a military father. Cele ends up being drafted for the Vietnam war and his experiences in Vietnam are so amazingly vivid that it's impossible to put this book down. The drug use in Vietnam was so rampant that this is where Cele learns that narcotics were much more of a threat to America than Communism as he vows to fight the illegal drug industry if he ever makes it out of Vietnam in one piece. Cele survives the jungle, the snipers, and even his first helicopter crash. He's hired by the DEA and assigned to work in New York. He works hard, risking his life many times to bust drug dealers and ends up working in Central America. As if a second helicopter crash and being the guy responsible for upsetting powerful drug lords weren't risky enough, Cele stumbles upon the CIA and Oliver North's involvement in the illegal drug industry & illegal gun running during the Iran-Contra scandal, which also involved Bush Sr. & the Reagan administration. North & his crew were selling over-priced weapons to Iran as well as selling tons of cocaine to American cities as they used all of those profits to buy massive amount of weapons that they flew in to the Contras. As the cash and weapons were flown into the Contras, cocaine was brought back to America under the protection of the US military and CIA. The airplanes & airplane hangars were all CIA and NSA owned, and the pilots (Barry Seal & others) were contracted by the CIA. The corruption and involvement of our own CIA in the illegal drug industry wasn't enough to make Cele give up, he kept fighting to make a dent in the illegal drug industry. He was warned to stay away from the operations of Oliver North and the CIA but he pressed on anyway. That's when his career suffered as an internal investigation was launched against him. As if death threats and surviving a plane crash (his 3rd crash) weren't enough, trumped-up charges were used against him to end his career at the DEA. Cele risked his life countless times, got tons of cocaine off the streets of America & traded his marriage for dedication to his career. Senator John Kerry's investigation went nowhere, Bush Sr. pardoned North's crew as they only got a slap on the wrist (probation) while the DEA rewarded Cele by ending his career.
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  -Good thing HRC won't be Dem nominee when Gary Webb movie comes out soon. blm  Apr-30-08 10:19 AM   #0 
  - Sounds like a Rev. Wright conspiracy theory  Larkspur   Apr-30-08 10:21 AM   #1 
  - When the movie comes out, Clinton and her supporters will ask for a 2-minutes hate on Webb  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:38 PM   #60 
     - Nah - they'll have their operatives continue to smear Webb as a fantasist, just as they have  blm   May-02-08 01:00 PM   #97 
  - Wonder if it ties the "War on Drugs" to the "War on Terror".  redqueen   Apr-30-08 10:21 AM   #2 
  - It absolutely does. Does anyone believe Poppy Bush woke up one day in 1993 and decided to STOP  blm   Apr-30-08 10:24 AM   #4 
  - I saw some comedian saying that Bin Laden really hit the towers  redqueen   Apr-30-08 10:34 AM   #8 
  - Why does US-occupied Afghanistan produce 75% of the world's heroin?  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:41 PM   #61 
     - THANK YOU. Those who pretend this isn't happening to keep their faith in the Clintons are  blm   Apr-30-08 04:50 PM   #66 
     - One problem is the public thinks that the government is fighting the drug trade...  AntiFascist   Apr-30-08 11:24 PM   #81 
     - Wanna bet that drugrunning is also STAKING the private military companies run by BFEE  blm   May-01-08 12:24 PM   #90 
     - There is more than one kind of "Democrat" these days, friend. (nt)  redqueen   May-01-08 09:33 AM   #85 
        - Yep - and closed government Dems undermining the open govt. Dems are Bush enablers.  blm   May-02-08 12:32 PM   #94 
  - Two gunshot wounds to the head? That sounds kind of weird  JenniferZ   Apr-30-08 10:23 AM   #3 
  - strange but true  mopinko   Apr-30-08 10:38 AM   #10 
     - The way he was targeted since 1996 by official DC and their operatives in the press corps  blm   Apr-30-08 10:42 AM   #11 
     - probably true.  mopinko   Apr-30-08 11:37 AM   #23 
        - Well you're the one questioning his stability. Occam's Razor suggest otherwise.  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:46 PM   #64 
     - How many botched "suicide" hits have there been? I can't think of many - why pay for a poor product?  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:43 PM   #62 
  - Um, how does one commit suicide by shooting oneself in the head TWICE?  truebrit71   Apr-30-08 10:25 AM   #5 
  - It's possible the first bullet only grazed him, but still  Jed Dilligan   Apr-30-08 03:55 PM   #56 
  - No shit!  truebrit71   Apr-30-08 04:09 PM   #57 
  - He ran into a bullet. Twice.  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:46 PM   #63 
  - It actually does happen some times. When it comes to those who've crossed the BFEE  blm   Apr-30-08 09:14 PM   #79 
     - The possible ways to shoot off more than one:  crimsonblue   Apr-30-08 09:30 PM   #80 
  - Are you saying that Hillary won't be the nominee BECAUSE of this movie?  mtnsnake   Apr-30-08 10:28 AM   #6 
  - Nope - I'm thankful she WON'T be the nominee when this movie comes out BECAUSE  blm   Apr-30-08 10:32 AM   #7 
  - He must've felt very guilty for his "lies" - shot himself in the head - TWICE.  electropop   Apr-30-08 10:34 AM   #9 
  - Because his lies were hateful and un-American, just like Reverend Wright.  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:49 PM   #65 
  - From 2004, a good post at Daily Kos about Webb.  madfloridian   Apr-30-08 10:43 AM   #12 
  - thanks....I remember that.  blm   Apr-30-08 04:33 PM   #58 
  - He was blacklisted for reporting the truth.  Toucano   Apr-30-08 10:43 AM   #13 
  - Well - that's another good reason a Clinton won't be our nominee.  blm   Apr-30-08 10:54 AM   #15 
  - There will be a 2 minutes' hate for anyone who says anything that the system objects to.  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:51 PM   #67 
  - Just saw another documentary "Damage Done" from my PVR off of Free Speech TV earlier...  calipendence   Apr-30-08 10:52 AM   #14 
  - Another good documentary is "American Drug War: The Last White Hope"  redqueen   Apr-30-08 11:03 AM   #16 
  - BET series American Gangster last year covered aspects of Gary Webb's report.  blm   Apr-30-08 11:36 AM   #22 
     - Nice... this doc shows the hearing ...  redqueen   Apr-30-08 11:40 AM   #24 
     - Some CIA won't deny the story anymore but DUers supporting HRC will, or pretend it's not relevant.  blm   Apr-30-08 12:00 PM   #27 
        - Yeah... it used to surprise me.  redqueen   Apr-30-08 12:01 PM   #28 
        - Tells you who they're really working for. BFEE / enablers are an int'l crime syndicate  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:58 PM   #69 
     - I found this synopsis of American Gangster. It's on DVD for $24.95  beachmom   Apr-30-08 12:37 PM   #35 
        - One day this story will EXPLODE in America - and wonder if this movie will do it.  blm   Apr-30-08 12:40 PM   #38 
           - Probably not, unless Brad Pitt plays him.  glitch   Apr-30-08 05:45 PM   #73 
  - If drugs were less expensive, we couldnt use threat of organized crime to suppress inner city anger  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 04:56 PM   #68 
  - Thanks for posting blm  MagickMuffin   Apr-30-08 11:11 AM   #17 
  - Mark Lombardi's graphic art detailed the vast Bush network and included Clinton, but  blm   Apr-30-08 11:27 AM   #20 
  - Ah yes, Lombardi  MagickMuffin   Apr-30-08 12:29 PM   #32 
     - Yep - Bin Ladens had quite a few deals going thru BCCI, and so did Usama.  blm   Apr-30-08 12:35 PM   #34 
     - For the curious:  RUMMYisFROSTED   May-01-08 09:58 AM   #87 
        - Thanks for posting that. I wish people would could see it blown up for full impact.  blm   May-01-08 11:53 AM   #88 
  - Oh, noes, don't go talking about PROMIS software or Clinton's link....  guyanakoolaid   May-01-08 02:11 AM   #83 
  - We talked about Gary Webb alot here on DU when he died.  Ilsa   Apr-30-08 11:17 AM   #18 
  - Yep - because part of the story is how DC gets OTHER press to help cover up for their operations  blm   Apr-30-08 11:31 AM   #21 
  - .  quantass   Apr-30-08 02:09 PM   #54 
  - Gary Webb's brand of Investigative Journalism  stillcool47   Apr-30-08 11:20 AM   #19 
  - This Movie Carries With It Exactly ZERO Relevance As It Relates To The Election.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 11:40 AM   #25 
  - Why are events of 1996 that saw the Clinton WH protecting GHWBush on this matter not relevant  blm   Apr-30-08 11:57 AM   #26 
  - Because No One Will Care.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 12:24 PM   #31 
     - Who WOULDN'T care? People DO care and its one of the reasons HRC is losing right now  blm   Apr-30-08 12:34 PM   #33 
     - No one will care because people are being paid big $$ to massage public opinion. OMC is missing out.  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 05:07 PM   #71 
     - People weren't supposed to care about corruption either, yet it was the #1 issue for 2006  beachmom   Apr-30-08 12:39 PM   #36 
     - And I 'predicted' that corruption in government would be a huge issue before that election  blm   Apr-30-08 12:42 PM   #40 
     - Still batting a thousand.  haymakeragain   Apr-30-08 12:58 PM   #46 
     - You Think This Will Mean A Damn Thing In The GE? Do You Really?  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 01:38 PM   #50 
        - Not to people like you, mainly because  haymakeragain   Apr-30-08 01:57 PM   #53 
           - Closed government Democrats creep me out. They don't belong in our party - PERIOD!  blm   Apr-30-08 03:52 PM   #55 
           - Not To Almost Anybody. Try And Get A Grip On Reality When You Get The Chance, K?  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 04:34 PM   #59 
              - It's amzing how much you sound like  haymakeragain   Apr-30-08 06:55 PM   #76 
              - You Think You Know A Lot Of Things That Turn Out To Not Be True In Reality.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 07:21 PM   #77 
              - Why? When did drugdealing global terror networks become a nonissue, OMC?  blm   May-01-08 05:31 PM   #93 
     - Let me ask you this, OMC - Do you think voters SHOULD care about this?  blm   Apr-30-08 01:20 PM   #49 
        - As It Relates To Hillary?  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Apr-30-08 01:39 PM   #51 
           - No one should question whether she sides with open government or closed government privilege  blm   Apr-30-08 01:42 PM   #52 
           - Maybe this relates to Hillary...  AntiFascist   Apr-30-08 11:51 PM   #82 
  - Thanks for the heads-up, OPERATION MIND CRIME  Leopolds Ghost   Apr-30-08 05:05 PM   #70 
  - K&R, I don't know if this was covered much in Webb's reporting...  AntiFascist   Apr-30-08 12:04 PM   #29 
  - Yes - Webb fell into the story from the transcripts of narco-terror hearings  blm   Apr-30-08 12:23 PM   #30 
     - Those Kerry hearings make gripping reading:  beachmom   Apr-30-08 12:47 PM   #42 
     - Establishment DC knew Kerry would open these books - and why the powerful elite NEEDED him  blm   Apr-30-08 12:53 PM   #45 
     - also, remember Danny Casolaro and Ng  newspeak   Apr-30-08 12:48 PM   #43 
     - This is interesting...  AntiFascist   Apr-30-08 06:39 PM   #75 
        - BCCI my friend....BCCI.  blm   Apr-30-08 07:23 PM   #78 
  - Two gunshot wounds to the head and that was ruled as a suicide!  Uncle Joe   Apr-30-08 12:40 PM   #37 
  - This guy's so prominent, I've never heard of him (and he bears my family name)  Mezzo   Apr-30-08 12:41 PM   #39 
  - His story is significant enough that a movie will be made. YOU probably didn't know anything about  blm   Apr-30-08 12:45 PM   #41 
  - It's worth learning the story of Gary Webb. Since the powerful corporate media elite sought to  beachmom   Apr-30-08 12:51 PM   #44 
  - What should be of concern to ANY CITIZEN is that government forces can FORCE cooperation  blm   May-01-08 12:36 PM   #91 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-30-08 12:59 PM   #47 
  - K&R!  KoKo01   Apr-30-08 01:01 PM   #48 
  - Any thread that mentions Mark Lombardi and Danny Casolaro should include Steve Kangas  glitch   Apr-30-08 05:35 PM   #72 
  - Thanks for doing so.  blm   Apr-30-08 05:51 PM   #74 
  - Kangas was 'suicided' in Richard Scaife's office building, right?  blm   May-01-08 03:31 PM   #92 
     - Yes. nt  glitch   May-02-08 12:53 PM   #95 
  - .32 Ratshot was used... No ballistic evidence to deal with & scrambles nicely  Boxerfan   May-01-08 08:35 AM   #84 
  - Isn't that how Cliff Baxter from Enron 'commited suicide' too?  blm   May-01-08 11:55 AM   #89 
  - TWO gunshot wounds to the head. Wow, that was some "suicide." One wonders  mistertrickster   May-01-08 09:43 AM   #86 
  - Hell, people won't make the connection  merh   May-02-08 12:58 PM   #96 
     - Well, since Webb's report came out in 1996 and the takedown of him was started then, it would be  blm   May-02-08 02:31 PM   #98 

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