The rumours have circulated for decades. Did the CIA flood the inner cities of the US with crack cocaine in the 1980s? Was the American government actually responsible for the crack epidemic?
Often dismissed as a conspiracy theory, but passionately believed by huge sections of the population – the idea that US intelligence agencies knowingly protected drug traffickers and played a role in bringing cocaine into the US is one of the most often repeated stories of the War on Drugs.
But what is the truth to these allegations? It turns out the real story is perhaps even stranger than the street-level gossip.
This is how one reporter exposed a web of CIA cover-ups, and how the rest of the media destroyed him for doing so.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Glenn Greenwald and Chris Hedges discuss mass surveillance, government secrecy, Internet freedom and U.S. attempts to extradite and prosecute Wikileaks founder Julian Assange. They spoke together on a panel moderated by Amy Goodman at the virtual War on Terror film festival after a screening of “Citizenfour” — the Oscar-winning documentary about Snowden by Laura Poitras.
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The Afghan people hated the Taliban but they were thankful for ridding the country of the war lords.
President Karzia is responsible for bringing the taliban to Afghanistan.
The CIA allied itself with the war lords that the Afghan people hated.
The war lords took over the provincial governments and corruption was rampant.
The US allowed Karzai’s corruption. When one of his staff was caught accepting bribes, it turned out to be the bag man transporting money from the CIA to Karzai.
We trained guerilla fighters to fight a conventional war dependent on our military equipment rather than a guerilla war.
The corruption and failure of Afghanistan is a mirror of American corruption.
Why is Pakistan considered an ally, given that we didn’t trust them not to tip off Osama bin Ladie and they armed the Taliban with military aid that the US provided them.