So, the state of California, run by the Hitler praising Arnold Schwarzenegger,
has executed former Crips gang leader Stanley Tookie Williams at San Quentin.
“Cripping was all I knew. I lived it. I breathed it. I walked it and I
talked it,” Williams
once reminisced. Although Williams was convicted of the cold-blooded
murder of four people, it should be noted that the raison d’être
of the Crips was to sell cocaine, in particular crack cocaine. “In August
1996, Gary Webb began publishing the results of a yearlong investigation that
traced the money fueling the horrific U.S.-backed “contra” war against
Nicaragua to the profits from Los Angeles’ 1980s crack epidemic,”
writes Dan Feder for
the Narco News Bulletin.
The CIA led its contra army to spend the entire decade terrorizing the Nicaraguan
people and their Sandinista government, happily allowing the contras to flood
Los Angeles and other North American cities with cocaine to fund their efforts.
Gary provided extensively documented evidence that while poor communities
in L.A. paid the price of the crack explosion—from rampant addiction
in their neighborhoods to oppressive law enforcement and jailing with Reagan’s
stepped-up ‘war on drugs’—the United States government protected
the men moving a great deal of the drugs coming into the city. Local dealers
faced life sentences while the bigtime narcos from Washington to Managua went
As the Iran-Contra hearings demonstrate, Oliver North and the Reaganites (many
who now fill the Bush administration) were into drug dealing—and subsequently
addicting and killing thousands of Americans—in a big and profitable way.
“On Capitol Hill … Iran-Contra hearings avoided CIA and Contra links
to large-scale cocaine smuggling. Yet, congressional panels had access to handwritten
notes by Reagan administration official Oliver North, whose notebooks contained
543 pages with references to the drug trade. In one notation about Contra arms
supplies, North wrote: ‘$14 million came from drugs.’” writes
Norman Solomon for
the Creators Syndicate. “Even after such excerpts from North’s notes
were made public, most news media bypassed the Contra-CIA-cocaine connection.
The detour around the story became more extreme in 1988: The Senate’s
subcommittee on terrorism and narcotics, chaired by John Kerry, released an
in-depth report that nailed the CIA for cocaine trafficking with the Contras.
But media coverage was muddled and fleeting.” In short, Oliver North,
now a celebrity with a television show on Fox News, indirectly killed far more
people than Tookie Williams ever did, and the corporate media has no interest
in underscoring this obvious fact because North is considered a “patriot”
and Williams a bottom-feeding gangbanger.
If the state believes Williams deserved to be executed, they should logically
conclude Oliver North deserves the fame fate, as would William Casey, head of
the Cocaine Import Agency, if he were alive. At minimum, North deserves to be
in the same federal lockup with Panama’s former ruler-thug Manuel Noriega.
“To earn his pay [Noriega deposited at least $33 million at the Panama
City branch of the BCCI bank], Noriega carried out all kinds of dirty activities
for his U.S. masters. He supplied pilots, bases and funds to the contra supply
operations,” writes the Revolutionary
Worker. “Noriega’s close confidant Floyd Carlton Caceres negotiated
personally with the top Colombian cocaine smugglers Pablo Escobar and Gustavo
Gaviria for the use of Panamanian air bases.” (As a side note, it is indicative
that the corporate media will not touch this story with a ten foot pole, instead
leaving the investigative work up to Marxists, who have meticulously documented
Reaganite involvement in the drug business; see previous link).
The dirty business of dealing with the likes of Pablo Escobar and Gustavo Gaviria
rubs off distinctly on Papa Bush, the head of the Bush crime family. “After
1984, the contra operation was overseen by Donald Gregg, a long-time CIA official
who was reassigned to be top aide of Vice President George Bush. And within
the Reagan White House, Lt. Col. Oliver North of the National Security Council
staff (NSC) directed contra supply—under the guidance of William Casey
himself. The CIA had kept the operation firmly in tested CIA hands. And at the
top, George Bush was given overall command of three key government policy areas:
‘crisis management,’ ‘counterterrorism’ and ‘narcotics
policy,’” the latter translating into thousands of crack addicts
in America and possibly 30,000 or more dead people in Nicaragua. “It seems
likely that then-Vice President George Bush was … closely involved in
directing and approving the activities of Oliver North and the CIA agents involved
in the contra supply,” the Revolutionary
Worker noted in 1996.
So let’s add Bush Senior to the Dead Man Walking roster.
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