By Gary Webb, Maxine Waters

Author note: Maxine Waters (Foreword)
Publish yr note: First released in 1998

Major movie according to darkish Alliance and starring Jeremy Renner, "Kill the Messenger," to be be published in Fall 2014

Dark Alliance is a publication that are meant to be fiction, whose characters appear to come instantly out of relevant casting: the overseas drug lord, Norwin Meneses; the Contra cocaine dealer with an MBA in advertising, Danilo Blandon; and the illiterate youngster from the internal urban who rises to turn into the king of crack, "Freeway" Ricky Ross. yet regrettably, those characters are actual and their tales are true.

In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb surprised the area with a chain of articles within the San Jose Mercury News reporting the result of his year-long research into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in the USA, particularly in l. a.. The sequence, titled "Dark Alliance," published that for the higher a part of a decade, a Bay quarter drug ring bought a whole bunch cocaine to l. a. road gangs and funneled thousands in drug gains to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras.

Gary Webb driven his research even additional in his e-book, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Drawing from then newly declassified records, undercover DEA audio and videotapes that had by no means been publicly published, federal courtroom testimony, and interviews, Webb demonstrates how our executive knowingly allowed tremendous quantities of gear and funds to alter arms on the fee of our groups.

Webb's unique article spurred an instantaneous outcry. inside of days of book, either one of California's senators made formal requests for investigations of the U.S. government's dating with the cocaine ring. for this reason, public demonstrations erupted in L.A., Washington D.C., and long island. Then-chief of the CIA, John Deutsch, made an unparalleled test at drawback regulate via going to South relevant L.A. to carry a public discussion board. consultant Maxine Waters later acknowledged in George journal, "I was once stunned through the extent of corruption and deceit and how the intelligence companies have wisdom of big-time drug dealing."

The allegations in Webb's tale blazed over the net and the Mercury News' web site at the sequence was once deluged with hits--over 1000000 in a single day. A Columbia Journalism Review conceal tale referred to as it "the such a lot talked-about piece of journalism in 1996 and arguably the main famous--some may say infamous--set of articles of the decade."

Webb's personal stranger-than-fiction adventure can be woven into the ebook. His excoriation via the media--not as a result of any wrongdoing on his half, yet by means of an insidious strategy of innuendo and advice that during impression blamed Webb for the results of the story--had been all yet envisioned. Webb was once warned off doing a CIA reveal by way of a former Associated Press journalist who misplaced his task while, years prior to, he had stumbled onto the germ of the "Dark Alliance" tale. And although inner investigations through either the CIA and the Justice division ultimately vindicated Webb, he had by means of then been driven out of the Mercury News and long gone to paintings for the California nation Legislature job strength on govt Oversight. He died in 2004.

The up-to-date paperback version of Dark Alliance good points revelations in just-released reviews from the dep. of Justice, inner CIA investigations, and a brand new cache of lately declassified mystery FBI, DEA, and INS...

Winner of the 1999 PEN/Oakland Censorship Award
Winner of the 1999 Firecracker substitute Bookseller (FAB) Award, Politics category
Finalist for the 1999 Bay region ebook Reviewers Awards

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