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Well, yet another investigative reporter writing about evil doings in our government has committed suicide. Gary Webb, author of "Dark Alliance", an exploration of the CIA's involvement with crack cocaine and contras was found dead on December 10th. Oh, the conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day with this one. But there is a more pressing issue raised by Mr. Webb's untimely passing. We simply must do something about the rampant depression that afflicts so many of our government's most vocal critics. Maybe we need a congressional hearing to find out what makes these writers who dare to question authority so very sad...

Originally posted to smartinez on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 09:16 AM PST.

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  •  thanks for your diary (none)
    (I must have been writing mine while you posted.)
    link.

    I was deeply saddened by Webb's death and sorry to see an earlier dKos recent diary about Webb scroll down into oblivion.

    "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

    by peace voter on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 09:41:59 AM PST

  •  This should get around the black blogosphere (none)
    When Webb's findings were revealed in the San Jose Mercury News, it was as if a bomb had dropped on the entire black community.  The Mercury-News reported thousands of hits on his article, so many that their server crashed.

    It warranted a visit to Los Angeles by, I remember, the CIA director at the time.  Or someone just as high.

    It was a kind of "I told you so," to a community already beleagered and blown apart by crack and crime.  Understand, there has already been something like the Tuskegee experiments and LSD experiments on blacks, so this came as no surprise to many people of South Central and elsewhere who smelled a rat.  Including early rap artists like Kool Moe Dee who recorded "The Wild, Wild West" about the changes in the community there. Between shoutouts to friends off the street, Dee proclaimed that strangers coming to his 'hood wouldn't just fight, "They kill."

    Really, really sorry to hear about this.  We need more courageous whistleblowers like him.

    One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.--Bobby Kennedy

    by blksista on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 11:13:44 AM PST

    •  blksista ~ I hope it's ok to repost (none)
      What you write is important.  There's another diary about his death & I'm trying to consolidate comments about Gary Webb.

      peace

      "How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?" -- John Kerry, 1971.

      by peace voter on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 11:58:24 AM PST

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      •  No problem... (none)
        I mean, there were blacks intereviewed  on the radio and on TV, crying, "We knew it, we knew it," all over the country.  Meaning, they knew something was funky about all those guns on the streets disrupting everything.

        That man was railroaded, destroyed.  I would not be surprised if he was depressed enough to kill himself, but as far as I am concerned the media and the Beltway have blood on their hands.

        They are still insisting at this moment that his series was discredited.  Lies, liars, lying.

        One-fifth of the people are against everything all the time.--Bobby Kennedy

        by blksista on Mon Dec 13, 2004 at 01:09:50 PM PST

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  •  More on Webb (none)

      Robert Parry has a good piece

    America's Debt to Journalist Gary Webb

    http://www.consortiumnews.com/2004/121304.html

    He was also interviewed on Democracy Now!

    http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/12/13/1457240

     there are links at the bottom of the page to a number of interviews with Webb.

     A page with a number of recent stories he wrote for the Sacramento alt weekly including
    one on a video game the Army developed

    http://www.newsreview.com/issues/sacto/authors/garywebb.asp

     While I understand people would be suspicious about his death, it seems to be a suicide related to hs divorce and moving out of his home.

    Writers and artists tend to suffer from depression more than most people.  Iris Chang was another sad recent loss.

  •  How very sad and what a surprise to me (none)
    This is the first that I have learned of Gary Webb's death.  He was interviewed on C-Span Washington Journal and I had the opportunity to call in.  This was many years ago when the article first came out and Bran Lamb was actually trying to suggest that the article was a bit much.  I remember how the Washington Post jumped on Gary Webb and other newspapers also.....giving us a good look at the power control group at work during the REAGANBUSH years...

    My big study at the time was the Board of Economic Warfare which was created by William Casey during WWII out of the OSS and Casey's friend Bill Donovan.  Clinton had just released the index to the Board of Economic Warfare which was located at the National Archives in Washington, DC...The reason why the Board of Economic Warfare interested me at that time was because it was responsible for buying the entire crop of opium from the country of Turkey in 1943.  A member of the Board of Economic Warfare was former San Francisco Mayor, Joseph Alioto who worked as an attorney after WWII and represented many many ORGANIZED CRIME FIGURES in California..It was Joseph Aliotos membership on the Board of Economic Warfare founded by William Casey that got me interested in the BoEW in the first place...

    Our country has been operating in many dark areas for decades...I consider the drug epidemic of the 1980's to have been a form of chemical warfare..these Bush people love chaos....

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