Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America, Updated Edition

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University of California Press, 1998 - History - 279 pages
When the San Jose Mercury News ran a controversial series of stories in 1996 on the relationship between the CIA, the Contras, and crack, they reignited the issue of the intelligence agency's connections to drug trafficking, initially brought to light during the Vietnam War and then again by the Iran-Contra affair. Broad in scope and extensively documented, Cocaine Politics shows that under the cover of national security and covert operations, the U.S. government has repeatedly collaborated with and protected major international drug traffickers. A new preface discusses developments of the last six years, including the Mercury News stories and the public reaction they provoked.
 

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If anyone ever doubted that the US was and is responsible for the current status quo regarding the war on drugs, state sponsored narco terror and its interaction with state politics in the America's , this book is a stunning indictment. Little is left to "theory" or imagination.

Contents

The Kerry Report The Truth but Not the Whole Truth
8
The CIA and RightWing Narcoterrorism in Latin America
23
Bananas Cocaine and Military Plots in Honduras
51
Noriega and the Contras Guns Drugs and the Hamri Network
65
The International Cali Connection and the United States
79
The Contra Drug Connections in Costa Rica
104
Jack Terrell Reveals the ContraDrug Connection
125
North Moves to Silence Terrell
140
How the Justice Department Tried to Block the Drug Inquiry
148
Covert Operations and the Perversion of Drug Enforcement
165
The Media and the Contra Drug Issue
172
Conclusion
186
Notes
193
Names and Organizations
259
Index
265
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Peter Dale Scott is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (California, 1993). Scott is also a poet: in 2002, his "Seculum" trilogy won a Lannan Literary Award. Jonathan Marshall is the Economics Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of To Have and Have Not: Southeast Asian Raw Materials and the Origins of the Pacific War (California, 1995).

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