Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America

Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies, and the CIA in Central America

by Peter Dale Scott, Jonathan Marshall
     
 

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… See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520077812
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
03/17/1992
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
260
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.97(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Paperback Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1The Kerry Report: The Truth but Not the Whole Truth8
Pt. IRight-Wing Narcoterrorism, the CIA, and the Contras
2The CIA and Right-Wing Narcoterrorism in Latin America23
3Bananas, Cocaine, and Military Plots in Honduras51
4Noriega and the Contras: Guns, Drugs, and the Harari Network65
5The International Cali Connection and the United States79
6The Contra Drug Connections in Costa Rica104
Pt. IIExposure and Cover-Up
7Jack Terrell Reveals the Contra-Drug Connection125
8North Moves to Silence Terrell140
9How the Justice Department Tried to Block the Drug Inquiry148
10Covert Operations and the Perversion of Drug Enforcement165
11The Media and the Contra Drug Issue172
12Conclusion186
Notes193
Names and Organizations259
Index265

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