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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 06:57 PM
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The Warning in Gary Webb’s Death

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The Warning in Gary Webb’s Death
December 9, 2011

Special Report: Modern American history is more complete because journalist Gary Webb had the courage to revive the dark story of the Reagan administration’s protection of Nicaraguan Contra cocaine traffickers in the 1980s. However, Webb ultimately paid a terrible price, as Robert Parry reports.

By Robert Parry


Every year since investigative journalist Gary Webb took his own life in 2004, I have marked the anniversary of that sad event by recalling the debt that American history owes to Webb for his brave reporting, which revived the Contra-cocaine scandal in 1996 and forced important admissions out of the Central Intelligence Agency two years later.

But Webb’s suicide on the evening of Dec. 9, 2004, was also a tragic end for one man whose livelihood and reputation were destroyed by a phalanx of major newspapers – the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times– serving as protectors of a corrupt power structure rather than as sources of honest information.

In reviewing the story again this year, I was struck by how Webb’s Contra-cocaine experience was, in many ways, a precursor to the subsequent tragedy of the Iraq War.

In the 1980s, the CIA’s analytical division was already showing signs of politicization, especially regarding President Ronald Reagan’s beloved Contras and their war against Nicaragua’s Sandinista government – and the U.S. press corps was already bending to the propaganda pressures of a right-wing Republican administration. ............(more)

The complete piece is at: http://consortiumnews.com/2011/12/09/the-warning-in-gar... /



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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 07:01 PM
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PDJane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 07:14 PM
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RufusTFirefly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 07:22 PM
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The abandonment of Gary Webb by his editor and newspaper was a despicable episode in the history of American journalism.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 08:47 PM
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4. Thanks for reminding us.

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RainDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-10-11 09:26 PM
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5. I love Parry's work
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