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Whiteout

Whiteout

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by Alexander Cockburn
     
 

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On March 16, 1998, the CIA’s Inspector General, Fred Hitz, finally let the cat out of the bag in an aside at a Congressional Hearing. Hitz told the US Reps that the CIA had maintained relationships with companies and-individuals the Agency knew to be involved in the drug business. Even more-astonishingly, Hitz revealed that back in 1982 the CIA had requested

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On March 16, 1998, the CIA’s Inspector General, Fred Hitz, finally let the cat out of the bag in an aside at a Congressional Hearing. Hitz told the US Reps that the CIA had maintained relationships with companies and-individuals the Agency knew to be involved in the drug business. Even more-astonishingly, Hitz revealed that back in 1982 the CIA had requested andfireceived from Reagan’s Justice Department clearance not to report any knowledge it might have of drug-dealing by CIA assets.

With these two admisstions, Hitz definitively sank decades of CIA denials, many of them under oath to Congress. Hitz’s admissions also made fools of-some of the most prominent names in US journalism, and vindicated investigators and critics of the Agency, ranging from Al McCoy to Senator John Kerry.

The involvement of the CIA with drug traffickers is a story that has slouched into the limelight every decade or so since the creation of the Agency. Most recently, in 1996, the San Jose Mercury News published a sensational series on the topic, “Dark Alliance”, and then helped destroy its own reporter, Gary Webb.

In Whiteout, Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clairáfinally put the whole story together from the earliest days, when the CIA’s institutional ancestors, the OSS and the Office of Naval Intelligence, cut-a-deal with America’s premier gangster and drug trafficker, Lucky Luciano.

They show that many of even the most seemingly outlandish charges leveled against the Agency have basis in truth. After the San Jose Mercury News series, for example, outraged black communities charged that the CIA had-undertaken a program, stretching across many years, of experiments on minorities. Cockburn and St. Clair show how the CIA imported Nazi scientists straight from their labs at Dachau and Buchenwald and set them to work developing chemical and biological weapons, tested on black Americans, some of them in mental hospitals.

Cockburn and St. Clair show how the CIA’s complicity with drug-dealing criminal gangs was part and parcel of its attacks on labor organizers, whether on the docks of New York, or of Marseilles and Shanghai. They trace how the Cold War and counterinsurgency led to an alliance between the Agency-and the vilest of war criminals such as Klaus Barbie, or fanatic heroin-traders like the mujahedin in Afghanistan.

Whiteout is a thrilling history that stretches from Sicily in 1944 to the killing fields of South-East Asia, to CIA safe houses in Greenwich Village and San Francisco where CIA men watched Agency-paid prostitutes feed LSD to unsuspecting clients. We meet Oliver North as he plotted with Manuel Noriega and Central American gangsters. We travel to little-known airports in Costa Rica and Arkansas. We hear from drug pilots and accountants from the Medillin Cocaine Cartel. We learn of DEA agents whose careers were ruinedbecause they tried to tell the truth.

The CIA, drugs… and the press. Cockburn and St. Clair dissect the shameful way many American journalists have not only turned a blind eye on the Agency’s misdeeds, but helped plunge the knife into those who told the real story.

Here at last is the full saga. Fact-packed and fast-paced, Whiteout is a richly detailed excavation of the CIA’s dirtiest secrets. For all who 'want to know the truth about the Agency this is the book to start with.'

Editorial Reviews

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“Cockburn and St. Clair present a litany of CIA misdeeds, from the recruitment of Nazi scientists after WWII to the arming of opium traffickers in Afghanistan. All of this is extremely well documented ... A chilling history that many will take issue with of what the CIA has been up to in the past 50 years.”—KIRKUS

“A solid, pitiless piece of muckraking, ... Cockburn and St. Clair raise troubling questions about the role of a largely secretive government agency in a democratic society.”—San Diego Union Tribune

“A probing examination of the CIA’s chilling history of coddling major drug traffickers, gangsters and Nazi psychopaths.”—Philadelphia Tribune

“A convincing, well-researched, comprehensive condemnation of the CIA.”—Maximum Rock 'N Roll

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859842584
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
11/17/1999
Pages:
418
Sales rank:
264,832
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)

Meet the Author

Alexander Cockburn co-edits CounterPunch with Jeffrey St. Clair. Together they have written Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press and A Dime’s Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils.

Jeffrey St. Clair co-edits CounterPunch with Alexander Cockburn. Together they have written Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs and the Press and A Dime’s Worth of Difference: Beyond the Lesser of Two Evils.

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Whiteout 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book with a very scary message. The war on drugs is a joke. This author should hook up with the Customs Agent who wrote 'US Customs Badge of Dishonor.' Both of these books are singing off the same sheet of music. The American public should read these books, and demand more of our idiot elected officials. This is especially true with the threat of Terrorism breathing down our neck.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is more truth in this book than most folks can handle. (Thanks, Jack Nicholson!) Unfortunately, most Congressmen & Women will probably not read it, and if they do, they will be overwhelmed. If you haven't lived through at least some of the horrific events manipulated by the Agency, it is difficult to believe that the charges could be true. The Boys (as Ollie North calls them) are still at it. Read your headlines and approved stories about Colombia, after reading this book, and I hope you can handle it.