Dark Alliance

Dark Alliance

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Major Motion Picture based on Dark Alliance and starring Jeremy Renner, qKill the Messenger, q to be be released in Fall 2014 In August 1996, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb stunned the world with a series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News reporting the results of his year-long investigation into the roots of the crack cocaine epidemic in America, specifically in Los Angeles. The series, titled a€œDark Alliance, a€ revealed that for the better part of a decade, a Bay Area drug ring sold tons of cocaine to Los Angeles street gangs and funneled millions in drug profits to the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras. Gary Webb pushed his investigation even further in his book, Dark Alliance: The CIA, The Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion. Drawing from then newly declassified documents, undercover DEA audio and videotapes that had never been publicly released, federal court testimony, and interviews, Webb demonstrates how our government knowingly allowed massive amounts of drugs and money to change hands at the expense of our communities. Webba€™s own stranger-than-fiction experience is also woven into the book. His excoriation by the mediaa€”not because of any wrongdoing on his part, but by an insidious process of innuendo and suggestion that in effect blamed Webb for the implications of the storya€”had been all but predicted. Webb was warned off doing a CIA expose by a former Associated Press journalist who lost his job when, years before, he had stumbled onto the germ of the a€œDark Alliancea€ story. And though Internal investigations by both the CIA and the Justice Department eventually vindicated Webb, he had by then been pushed out of the Mercury News and gone to work for the California State Legislature Task Force on Government Oversight. He died in 2004.Ross, driving Chicoa#39;s new Nissan Pathfinder, pulled intoa parking slot, with Curtis James and Brown inthe backseat. BlandA³n and a Hispanic ... BlandA³n was testy about it, but Rosssaid that was his problema€”theya#39;d done biggerdeals withless up front before. If theycould deliver itin L.A. ... M., March 2, 1995, Ross calledBlandA³n at home and told himthey wereinSan Diego, ready todeal. BlandA³nsaid he andanbsp;...

Title:Dark Alliance
Author:Gary Webb
Publisher:Seven Stories Press - 2011-01-04


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