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Whiteout: The CIA,Drugs and the Press

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On March 16, 1998, the CIA’s Inspector General, Fred Hitz, finally let?the cat out of the bag in an aside at a Congressional Hearing. Hitz told?the US Reps that the CIA had maintained relationships with companies and?individuals the Agency knew to be involved in the drug business. Even more?astonishingly, Hitz revealed that back in 1982 the CIA had requested and?received f ...more
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Published November 17th 1999 by Verso (first published 1998)
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John Banks
Aug 08, 2015 John Banks rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly written, very factual, exposing the corruption not only of the CIA but also of the American Justice System!!
Leading the reader step by step through the dark world of "black money for black operations" that still continues today.
How various Federal agencies are muted by the CIA "In The Interests of National Security", even though theose "interests" bring misery to many tens of thousands of citizens!
Sep 11, 2012 Peter rated it it was amazing
Shelves: politics, history
Excellent read. Well-documented summary of the CIA's involvement with drug smuggling, especially feeding the 1980s cocaine craze.
Apr 24, 2015 Biz rated it liked it
I began Whiteout thinking that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was a corruption-free organization. This was a naïve position, but nothing in my knowledge of history or in the news had ever suggested otherwise. The only time the CIA ever came across my radar in a negative way was when CIA director David Petraeus had an affair with his biographer in 2012. Now, after having finished Whiteout, my view towards the CIA has changed. I haven’t bloomed into a conspiracy theorist overnight, but neit ...more
Roger Booth
Aug 09, 2014 Roger Booth rated it it was amazing
Like many US citizens, I prefer insulation. I avoid real news.
Establishment media realizes this and gives us plausible news that won't makes us feel bad about ourselves or our country. The result is that we're floating on our backs in a pool of total bullshit.
Read this book and take a look under the surface.
Without real journalism, and people willing to read it, we can only pretend to have democracy.
Andrew Rasmussen
Dec 03, 2012 Andrew Rasmussen rated it really liked it
great book on a fairly wide look at outrageous things our government is doing , and even more outrageous ways the press defends and cooperates with the organized criminals who carry out these programs
Nov 19, 2014 sologdin rated it liked it
love this guy. a great loss when he died.

text is a tidy history of the CIA and crack, including the cocaine coup that placed NSDAP war criminal on the bolivian throne.
Mar 21, 2009 John rated it really liked it
Good stuff. Covers the contra-cocaine importing connection in relation to the wars in Central America in the '80s.
Dec 29, 2007 Ian rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: journalists, thinkers
Shelves: crime-etc
Details CIA involvement in the explosion of illegal drugs in America. An eye-opener.
Sep 09, 2007 drew rated it liked it
educational, but slightly dry.
Mar 06, 2009 Bloblo rated it it was amazing
Drugs and CIA complicity, beginnings of CIA and its WW2 predecessor the OSS dealing with the mafia, mind control experiments, helping NAZI war criminals escape so they could be employed by Uncle Scam. And what little media coverage these documented items got. Enjoy
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Alexander Claud Cockburn was an American political journalist. Cockburn was brought up in Ireland but has lived and worked in the United States since 1972. Together with Jeffrey St. Clair, he edits the political newsletter CounterPunch. Cockburn also writes the "Beat the Devil" column for The Nation and a weekly syndicated column for the Los Angeles Times as well as for The First Post, which is sy ...more
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