Mumia on the CIA-Crack Connection
When the word "crack" is uttered, the mind pictures a Black or Latino youth, hustling in the impoverished American ghettoes, his ball cap turned backwards, a massive, bejeweled fist ringed with brilliant gold, the ever-present beeper clipped to a waistband of a pair of pants riding down his backside, hollering to passersby, "I got it!", "Here it is, baby!"To the extent such a picture has arisen in your mind, we both have been successfully propagandized by the merchandiser's white majoritarian media, for that is precisely what they wanted us to think. It is now as automatic as the drool reaction of Pavlov's dogs, who were conditioned by the pairing of a bell with meals. Soon, Pavlov noticed that he didn't need a meal - just the ringing of a bell, and his dogs drooled. In psychology, this is called a "conditioned response."Just like Pavlov's dogs, we have been conditioned by the media, and its politicians, to respond with contempt, a derisive spit, when we heard the word, "crack." Our response is "greasy nigger," "dirty spic," "drug dealer," as our stomach turns in bitter hatreds. To which the conditioners respond by toasting each other -- "Success!", they crow. "There it is, baby!"How do we respond to the abbreviation, "CIA"? Do we gasp, nod approvingly, or shrug our shoulders?What if this writer reported that the CIA flooded Black communities, especially the L.A. Black community, with tons of cocaine? Or that they "flipped" tons of coke into the U.S., to fund paramilitary operations in Central America?In fact, what if the U.S. government's congressional subcommittee told you this? How many people know that it already has? In December, 1988, a subcommittee of the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations released its report, "Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy," which caused barely a ripple in the nation's press. At pages 36-37 of the report, the Committee found, among other things,1) "Involvement in narcotics trafficking by the individuals associated with the Contra movement"; (This was the group armed, trained and paid by the U.S. -- with drug money! -- who opposed Nicaragua's Sandinista government -- Ed.)2) "Payments to drug traffickers by the U.S. State Dept. of funds authorized by the Congress for humanitarian assistance to the Contras, in some cases after the traffickers had been indicted by federal law enforcement agencies on drug charges, in others while traffickers were under active investigation by these same agencies."Recently, the San Jose Mercury News has published a three-part series which found, among other things,1) The CIA arranged an alliance between "a U.S.-backed army attempting to overthrow a revolutionary socialist government" in Nicaragua and drug-dealers wielding machine guns in ghetto areas of southern California.2) The Contra financiers "met with CIA agents both before and during the time they were selling the drugs in L.A." and "delivered cut-rate cocaine to the gangs through a young South Central crack dealer."3) Today, "thousands of young Black men are serving long prison sentences for selling cocaine -- a drug that was virtually unobtainable in Black neighborhoods before members of the CIA's army brought it into South Central in the 1980s at bargain- basement prices."Despite these startling, well-documented revelations of U.S. governmental crime by the San Jose Mercury News, the rest of the white corporate media, drunk with the scoop on Dick Morris' drawers, have ignored what should be the story of the century. To them, this news doesn't "fit."It is news we shouldn't forget.While Nancy Reagan was crossing the country shrieking "Just say no!," her husband's (and your government's) minions were seeding urban America with poison.