Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America, Updated edition / Edition 1

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When the San Jose Mercury News ran a controversial series of stories in 1996 on the relationship between the CIA, the Contras, and crack, they reignited the issue of the intelligence agency's connections to drug trafficking, initially brought to light during the Vietnam War and then again by the Iran-Contra affair. Broad in scope and extensively documented, Cocaine Politics shows that under the cover of national security and covert operations, the U.S. government has repeatedly collaborated with and protected major international drug traffickers. A new preface discusses developments of the last six years, including the Mercury News stories and the public reaction they provoked.

Now in paperback, this penetrating account of the real drug war will lead readers to demand a more thorough accounting of foreign policy. "Scott and Marshall call for immediate action to end Washington's complicity. Their heavily documented book deserves a wide audience."--Publishers Weekly.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This important, explosive report charges that the U.S. ``war on drugs'' is largely a sham and calls for immediate political action to end Washington's complicity with drug networks. (May)
Library Journal
Coauthor Marshall's recent Drug Wars ( LJ 2/15/91) shows how Washington overlooks or supports drug trafficking as part of its efforts to thwart Third World communism around the world. This new book explores in detail the tangled connection between the Nicaraguan Contras, U.S. support for them, and drugs. Marshall and Scott argue that the United States might actually have furthered the flow of cocaine from Central America to the States by colluding with anti-Sandinista forces. Government intimidation of witnesses, a complacent Congress, and timid media have served to keep this a quiet story. Extensive interviews, government records, and secondary sources (enough, in fact, to produce over 60 pages of cited sources), are used to document in great detail how the war on communism took precedence over the war on drugs. An authoritiative account of a crucial but underpublicized issue.-- Cathy Seitz Whit aker, Univ. of Pittsburgh Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520214491
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 4/10/1998
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 279
  • Sales rank: 822,324
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Dale Scott is Professor of English Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (California, 1993). Scott is also a poet: in 2002, his "Seculum" trilogy won a Lannan Literary Award. Jonathan Marshall is the Economics Editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and the author of To Have and Have Not: Southeast Asian Raw Materials and the Origins of the Pacific War (California, 1995).

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Introduction 1
1 The Kerry Report: The Truth but Not the Whole Truth 8
Pt. I Right-Wing Narcoterrorism, the CIA, and the Contras
2 The CIA and Right-Wing Narcoterrorism in Latin America 23
3 Bananas, Cocaine, and Military Plots in Honduras 51
4 Noriega and the Contras: Guns, Drugs, and the Harari Network 65
5 The International Cali Connection and the United States 79
6 The Contra Drug Connections in Costa Rica 104
Pt. II Exposure and Cover-Up
7 Jack Terrell Reveals the Contra-Drug Connection 125
8 North Moves to Silence Terrell 140
9 How the Justice Department Tried to Block the Drug Inquiry 148
10 Covert Operations and the Perversion of Drug Enforcement 165
11 The Media and the Contra Drug Issue 172
12 Conclusion 186
Notes 193
Names and Organizations 259
Index 265
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2008

    SO Boring

    This book was boring. So what if the CIA is involved in the coke business, so is every other intelligence agency.

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