Gary Webb may seem like just an ordinary human being, but he also seems to possess significantly higher degrees of both honour and willpower than most people do. Indeed, Gary Webb has a clear mission in life, and a clear journey: to uncover the truth, and to expose the truth to the world.
In 1996, Webb managed to access secret grand jury transcripts, and he utilized them to discover that Oscar Danilo Blandón (an informant) sold tonnes of cocaine on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency, primarily in South Central Los Angeles. This is a significant revelation because these types of activities are what led to the infamous crack epidemic in North America throughout the 1980s and 1990s. What’s more, apparently the proceeds were being used to fund CIA-trained terrorists in Nicaragua who were eventually supposed to overthrow the Sandinista government; the latter government was responsible for overtaking the American-backed military dictatorship of the Somoza Dynasty.
In Into the Buzzsaw, Webb argues that, “If we had met five years ago, you wouldn’t have found a more staunch defender of the newspaper industry than me. . . . I was winning awards, getting raises, lecturing college classes, appearing on TV shows, and judging journalism contests. . . . And then I wrote some stories that made me realize how sadly misplaced my bliss had been. The reason I’d enjoyed such smooth sailing for so long hadn’t been, as I’d assumed, because I was careful and diligent and good at my job. . . . The truth was that, in all those years, I hadn’t written anything important enough to suppress.” Governments and police agencies may have thought that Webb could be ignored or supressed, but it would prove to be impossible to erase his messages entirely.
In the modern age of the internet, Webb was able to detail this info online and upload all the supporting documents and audio recordings that he desired. However, due to the nature and classification of this info, much of the population (especially African Americans, who suffered greatly from the cocaine wars) was shocked and outraged. Evidently, the CIA was as well—and they may have even attempted to manipulate the media in order to manipulate the truth. As a result of all this, Webb’s marriage failed, his employer withdrew support, and Webb had little choice but to quit his job (see following video for more details).
Webb says that, “After spending three years of my life looking into this, I am more convinced than ever that the U.S. government’s responsibility for the drug problems in South Central Los Angeles and other inner cities is greater than I ever wrote in the newspaper.” In Webb’s last publication, he further exposed the Military Industrial Complex’s utilization of video games to lure teenage boys toward joining them—and then about two months later Webb was found dead: shot in the head twice. Officials deemed it to be a suicide and closed the case.
However, Gary’s message and passion has not died with him—or at least it doesn’t have to. Virtually every human being has the ability to take-up and carry-on his research, and to help take-down and replace corrupt individuals who hold positions of power. A wise person once said that the truth is like a lion, and once you set it free it will let itself loose far and wide. Moreover, there is a 2014 film which documents Webb’s causes and ordeals that is definitely worth watching and sharing:
For more info worthy of reading and contemplating, checkout this video—and please spread awareness far and wide.
Marshall, Peter Dale Scott. (1987): The Iran-Contra Connection: Secret Teams and Covert Operations in the Reagan Era.
Wilford, Hugh. (2008): The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America.
Webb, Gary. (1998): Dark Alliance: The CIA, the Contras, and the Crack Cocaine Explosion.
Webb, Gary. (2004): “The Killing Game,” Sacramento News & Review, 14 October.
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