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Wed Nov 26, 2014, 02:54 AM

1. An open Letter to Jeff Leen at THE WASHINGTON POST

 

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An open Letter to Jeff Leen at THE WASHINGTON POST:

Jeff, I want to write you a quick note about your recent (10/17/14) attack on Gary Webb.

(Gary Webb was no journalism hero, despite what ‘Kill the Messenger’ says
http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/gary-webb-was-no-journalism-hero-despite-what-kill-the-messenger-says/2014/10/17/026b7560-53c9-11e4-809b-8cc0a295c773_story.html )


I simply cannot understand what would motivate you to write such a thing other than envy pure and simple, given the large body of evidence now supporting Mr. Webb.
http://www.nytimes.com/1998/10/10/world/cia-reportedly-ignored-charges-of-contra-drug-dealing-in-80-s.html
http://www.nytimes.com/1998/07/17/world/cia-says-it-used-nicaraguan-rebels-accused-of-drug-tie.html
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/CIA-Knew-of-Contra-Plan-to-Sell-Drugs-in-U-S-2980491.php

Given the sheer size and power of the Washington Post you have arrogantly assumed that the people would take this lying down, but this time you are wrong.
Gary Webb did get the last word on CONTRA COCAINE. Generations of people will be watching the movie KILL THE MESSENGER.

I will be there and I will remind them what the owner of your newspaper Katharine Graham once said at a 1988 speech at CIA Headquarters:
“We live in a dirty and dangerous world … There are some things the general public does not need to know and shouldn’t. I believe democracy flourishes when the government can take legitimate steps to keep its secrets and when the press can decide whether to print what it knows.”

Its therefore no surprise that a culture of ignorance has grown at the Post to the point that it could Ignore the CIA’s front page admission of GUILT.

In 1998 Congresswoman Maxine Waters wrote:
Quite unexpectedly, on April 30, 1998, I obtained a secret 1982 Memorandum of Understanding between the CIA and the Department of Justice, that allowed drug trafficking by CIA assets, agents, and contractors to go unreported to federal law enforcement agencies. I also received correspondence between then Attorney General William French Smith and the head of the CIA, William Casey, that spelled out their intent to protect drug traffickers on the CIA payroll from being reported to federal law enforcement.
http://www.nytimes.com/1998/07/17/world/cia-says-it-used-nicaraguan-rebels-accused-of-drug-tie.html
Then on July 17, 1998 the New York Times ran this amazing front page CIA admission: “CIA Says It Used Nicaraguan Rebels Accused of Drug Tie.” “The Central Intelligence Agency continued to work with about two dozen Nicaraguan rebels and their supporters during the 1980s despite allegations that they were trafficking in drugs…. The agency’s decision to keep those paid agents, or to continue dealing with them in some less formal relationship, was made by top officials at headquarters in Langley, Va.”. (emphasis added)
………The CIA had always vehemently denied any connection to drug traffickers and the massive global drug trade, despite over ten years of documented reports. But in a shocking reversal, the CIA finally admitted that it was CIA policy to keep Contra drug traffickers on the CIA payroll. The Facts speak for themselves. Maxine Waters, Member of Congress, September 19, 1998

Mr. Leen, I would also remind you that Congresswoman Waters also found CIA EMPLOYEES DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN THE SMUGGLING:
“Several informed sources have told me that an appendix to this Report was removed at the instruction of the Department of Justice at the last minute. This appendix is reported to have information about a CIA officer, not agent or asset, but officer, based in the Los Angeles Station, who was in charge of Contra related activities.According to these sources, this individual was associated with running drugs to South Central Los Angeles,around 1988. Let me repeat that amazing omission. The recently released CIA Report Volume II contained an appendix, which was pulled by the Department of Justice, that reported a CIA officer in the LA Station was hooked into drug running in South Central Los Angeles.”

(Excerpt from the Dark Alliance Book)
“When CIA Inspector General Fred P. Hitz testified before the House Intelligence Committee in March 1998, he admitted a secret government interagency agreement. `Let me be frank about what we are finding,’ Hitz said. `There are instances where CIA did not, in an expeditious or consistent fashion, cut off relationships with individuals supporting the Contra program who were alleged to have engaged in drug trafficking activity.’

“The lawmakers fidgeted uneasily. `Did any of these allegations involved trafficking in the United States?’ asked Congressman Norman Dicks of Washington. `Yes,’ Hitz answered. Dicks flushed.”

“And what, Hitz was asked, had been the CIA’s legal responsibility when it learned of this? That issue, Hitz replied haltingly, had `a rather odd history…the period of 1982 to 1995 was one in which there was no official requirement to report on allegations of drug trafficking with respect to non-employees of the agency, and they were defined to include agents, assets, non-staff employees.’ There had been a secret agreement to that effect `hammered out between the CIA and U.S. Attorney General William French Smith in 1982,’ he testified.”

Hitz concluded his testimony by stating “This is the grist for more work, if anyone wants to do it.”

Mr Leen, I will also leave you with a copy of the agreement which exempted intelligence agencies from reporting drugs:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/117070568/US-Congresswoman-Maxine-Waters-Investigation-of-CIA-Contras-involvement-in-drug-sales-1996-2000

Exhibit 1 U.S. Attorney General William French Smith replies to a still classified letter from DCI William Casey requesting exemption from reporting drug crimes by CIA agents, assets and contractors.
Source: cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/contra-story/01.gif

Exhibit 2: DCI William Casey happily agrees with William French Smith and signs the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) exempting his agency from reporting drug crimes. This agreement covered both the Latin American conflicts and Afghanistan war. It remained in effect until August, 1995 when it was quietly rescinded by Janet Reno after Gary Webb began making inquiries for his series. The 1995 revision of the DoJ-CIA MOU specifically includes narcotics violations among the lists of potential offenses by non-employees that must be reported to DOJ.
Source: cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/contra-story/13.gif

Exhibit 3: On February 8, 1985, Deputy Chief of DoJ’s Office of Intelligence Policy andReview (OIPR) from 1979 to 1991, A. R. Cinquegrana signed off on this letter approving the MOU. Mark M. Richard, Deputy Assistant Attorney General with responsibility for General Litigation and International Law Enforcement in 1982, states that he was unableto explain why narcotics violations were not on the list of reportable crimes except thatthe MOU had “other deficiencies, not just drugs.”
Source: cia.gov/library/reports/general-reports-1/cocaine/contra-story/14.gif

AND Finally, Mr. Leen, if that is not enough, I would remind you of what Senator Kerry found after interviewing dozens of witnesses:
https://web.archive.org/web/20070104000306/http://www.thememoryhole.com/kerry/

“There is no question in my mind that people affiliated with, on the payroll of, and carrying the credentials of,the CIA were involved in drug trafficking while involved in support of the contras.”—Senator John Kerry, The Washington Post (1996)

“It is clear that there is a network of drug trafficking through the Contras…We can produce specific law-enforcement officials who will tell you that they have been called off drug-trafficking investigations because the CIA is involved or because it would threaten national security.”
–Senator John Kerry at a closed door Senate Committee hearing

“Because of Webb’s work the CIA launched an Inspector General investigation that named dozens of troubling connections to drug runners. That wouldn’t have happened if Gary Webb hadn’t been willing to stand up and risk it all.”
Senator John Kerry (LA Weekly, May 30, 2013)

“The Contras moved drugs not by the pound, not by the bags, but by the tons, by the cargo planeloads.”
–Jack Blum, investigator for the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee, testimony under oath on Feb. 11, 1987

“We were complicit as a country, in narcotics traffic at the same time as we’re spending countless dollars in this country as we try to get rid of this problem. It’s mind-boggling.
I don’t know if we got the worst intelligence system in the world, i don’t know if we have the best and they knew it all, and just overlooked it.
But no matter how you look at it, something’s wrong. Something is really wrong out there.”
– Senator John Kerry, Iran Contra Hearings, 1987

Any further questions Jeff Leen?









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This letter was originally published at Robert Parry's Consortium News,
http://consortiumnews.com/2014/11/02/gary-webb-and-media-manipulation/

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