Cockburn Alexander - Whiteout

Author : Cockburn Alexander
Title : Whiteout The CIA, drugs, and the press
Year : 1998

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Preface. This is largely a story of criminal conduct, much of it by the Central Intelligence Agency. It is a story of how many in the US press have been complicit in covering the Agency’s tracks. When compelled to concede the Agency’s criminal activities such journalists often take refuge in the notion of “rogue agents” or, as a last resort, of a “rogue Agency.” We do not accept this separation of the CIA’s activities from the policies and directives of the US government. Whether it was Truman’s meddling in China, which created Burmese opium kings; or the Kennedy brothers’ obsession with killing Fidel Castro; or Nixon’s command for “more assassinations” in Vietnam, the CIA has always been the obedient executor of the will of the US government, starting with the White House. Whiteout is also a record of courageous men and women who would have no truck with such conduct or with any cover-up: former CIA agents like Ralph McGehee, still maintaining an invaluable database on his old employer, which still continues to hound him; historian Al McCoy, who put his life at risk in Southeast Asia and produced perhaps the finest single book on the Agency and its relationship with drug traffickers; Bob Parry; Brian Barger; Leslie and Andrew Cockburn; Martha Honey; former DEA agents Celerino Castillo III, Michael Levine and Richard Horn; John Marks, the former State Department official who excavated one of the CIA’s darkest chapters, its efforts at mind control; Christopher Simpson and Linda Hunt, who exposed the CIA’s recruitment of Nazis, including Klaus Barbie and the Nazi scientists; Gary Webb, a good reporter vilely treated by his colleagues in the profession; courageous Mexican journalists such as the late Manuel Buendía, who have exposed the ties between Mexico’s drug lords and the government and Mexico’s CIA-funded security apparatus, knowing that to do so was to court death. ...

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