15th December 2006

CIA humor

posted by saurabh in Bad People |

My perusal of this 9/11 conspiracy theory last night prompted a conversation with my roommate about our government’s ability to do things that are consciously evil, which brought up the Iran-Contra scandal. My recitation of the events was somewhat muddled, so this morning I freshened my memory by reading the Wikipedia article on the subject, which included this excellent joke:

The allegations resurfaced in 1996 when journalist Gary Webb published reports in the San Jose Mercury News, and later in his book Dark Alliance, detailing how Contras had distributed crack cocaine into Los Angeles to fund weapons purchases. These reports were initially attacked by various other newspapers, which attempted to debunk the link, citing official reports that apparently cleared the CIA.

In 1998, CIA Inspector General Frederick Hitz published a two-volume report that substantiated many of Webb’s claims, and described how 50 Contras and drug traffickers had been protected from law enforcement activity by the Reagan-Bush administration, and documented a cover-up of evidence relating to these activities. The report also showed that Oliver North and the NSC were aware of these activities. A report later that same year by the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Bromwich also came to similar conclusions.

In 2004, Gary Webb allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself twice in the head.

Update: Thanks to Uncle Pea in comments for clarification, and apologies for my grave error. As penance I will update the Wikipedia article accordingly.


There are currently 3 responses to “CIA humor”

  1. 1 On December 15th, 2006, Anshul said:

    Here’s another… Operation Northwoods http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Northwoods 

    Posted by Anshul

  2. 2 On December 27th, 2006, Uncle Pea said:

    You might also do some reading on the suicide before you inflame it into a “CIA joke.” You’d learn that nobody involved, not even his close friends or family, thought it was foul play, and that the Wikipedia phrasing is inaccurate.

    Michael Ruppert, Webb’s close friend and a man prone to extreme conspiracy theorizing, has this  to say about it (relevant 2 paragraphs quoted below).

    Gary Webb fired two shots from a .38 caliber revolver into his own head. The entrance wounds for both shots were at or near the right ear. However, for the first shot Webb had the gun angled downward which produced a through-and-through wound blowing out his lower left jaw. This was obviously not a fatal wound. His second shot, angled upward, successfully reached the brain, killing him instantly.

    As a former LAPD police officer and detective I have seen several suicides where multiple gunshots, especially from a relatively weak handgun like a .38, using inappropriate target ammunition, required multiple shots. In most cases the second and sometimes third shots were required because the victim made “hesitation” movements as they pulled the trigger, moving the gun barrel away from a fatal trajectory. There are many places on the human head to which a gunshot wound is not fatal (e.g. the lower and upper jaws, the cheeks, the roof of the mouth, the nose, etc.). Only a shot to the brain usually produces death but even that is not always guaranteed. 

    Posted by Uncle Pea

  3. 3 On December 27th, 2006, Uncle Pea said:

    Sorry, I meant “is in fact accurate”. 

    Posted by Uncle Pea

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