By S.R. Shearer
AN ELITE SPONSORED DRUG EPIDEMIC DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY TO RENDER THE POOR IMPOTENT INSOFAR AS THEIR ELITE OPPRESSORS ARE CONCERNED! - YOU'VE NEVER HEARD ABOUT THIS BEFORE? Well, it's not much of a secret, and if you haven't heard about it (especially after Gary Webb's sensational expose in the San Jose Mercury News) then it's probably because you have stubbornly chosen not to know anything about it. [Please see our article, "The Drug Epidemic, Viruses, Ebola, and Aids."]
But for those who don't know anything about this, the facts are these: in August 1996, the San Jose Mercury News initiated an extended series of articles by investigative reporter GARY WEBB called "Dark Alliance" that linked the CIA to the importation of crack cocaine into Los Angeles. The series unleashed a storm of protest, spearheaded by black radio stations and the congressional Black Caucus, with demands for official inquiries. The expose documented the CIA's involvement in opening up -
"... the first pipeline between Colombia's cocaine cartels and the black neighborhoods of Los Angeles, a city now known as the 'crack' capital of the world."
PETER KORNBLUH'S ACCOUNT
OF THE WEBB PHENOMENON
Investigative reporter Peter Kornbluh writes:
"The Mercury News series "touched a raw nerve in the (country) ... Webb's tale brought the story home ... To African-American communities, devastated by the scourge of crack and desperate for information and answers, Webb's reporting found ready constituencies. From Farrakhan followers to the most moderate of black commentators, the story reverberated. 'If this is true, then millions of black lives have been ruined and America's jails and prisons are now clogged with young African-Americans because of a cynical plot by a CIA that historically has operated in contempt of the law', wrote Carl T. Rowan, the syndicated columnist.
"The wildfire-like sweep of 'Dark Alliance' was all the more remarkable because it took place without the tinder of the mainstream press. Instead, the story roared through the new communications media of the Internet and black talk radio - two distinct, but in this case somewhat symbiotic, information channels. With the Internet, as Webb put it, 'You don't have be the New York Times or the Washington Post to bust a national story anymore' ...
"As Webb began giving out his story ... the number of hits to the (San Jose Mercury News) Center's website escalated dramatically, some days reaching as high as 1.3 million. Over all, Bob Ryan, who heads Mercury Center, estimates a 15% visitor increase since the stories appeared. 'For us', he says, 'it has certainly answered the question: Is there anyone out there listening'? The demographics of Web traffic are unknown, but some media specialists believe that the rising numbers at Mercury Center in part reflect what the Chicago Tribune syndicated columnist Clarence Page calls an emerging 'black cyber-consciousness'. Online newsletters and other net services made the series readily available to African-American students, newspapers, radio stations, and community organizations. Patricia Turner, author of I Heard it Through the Grapevine, the definitive study on how information travels through black America, suggests that this marked the 'first time the Internet has electrified African-Americans' in this way. 'The black telegraph', noted Jack While, a Time Magazine columnist, referring to the informal word-of: mouth network used since the days of slavery, 'has moved into cyberspace'.