How John Kerry Exposed the Contra Cocaine Scandal

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posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 08:51 AM
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For those of you out there who like to say Kerry never distinguished himself in the Senate, I beg to differ. You might want to read this.



How John Kerry Exposed the Contra-Cocaine Scandal
By Robert Parry
Salon.com

Monday 25 October 2004

Derided by the mainstream press and taking on Reagan at the height of his popularity, the freshman senator battled to reveal one of America's ugliest foreign policy secrets.
In December 1985, when Brian Barger and I wrote a groundbreaking story for the Associated Press about Nicaraguan Contra rebels smuggling coc aine into the United States, one U.S. senator put his political career on the line to follow up on our disturbing findings. His name was John Kerry.

Yet, over the past year, even as Kerry's heroism as a young Navy officer in Vietnam has become a point of controversy, this act of political courage by a freshman senator has gone virtually unmentioned, even though - or perhaps because - it marked Kerry's first challenge to the Bush family.
www.truthout.org...




posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 08:55 AM
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Sorry, can't believe anything this left wing socialist rag promotes. It's to biased and can't be trusted. come back when you have something from a real news site.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:05 AM
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Originally posted by jrsdls
Sorry, can't believe anything this left wing socialist rag promotes. It's to biased and can't be trusted. come back when you have something from a real news site.


We call this cognative dissonence.

Why don't you try looking into the congressional record. Is that official enuff for you? It's there. Try it. But I warn you, you will be disgusted by what Kerry's work reveals.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:05 AM
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www2.gwu.edu...

www.thirdworldtraveler.com...

It is very well documented, they are just two sites from a quick google.

It really did happen...


dh

posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:06 AM
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Originally posted by jrsdls
Sorry, can't believe anything this left wing socialist rag promotes. It's to biased and can't be trusted. come back when you have something from a real news site.


You really do have some compelling arguments
I'm off to look for some more of your considered sooths



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:07 AM
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I have searched the congressional record, and I am more convinced that Kerry is wrong for America. He should go back to his beloved France. He appearently has sided with every country but his own.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:08 AM
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Originally posted by Kriz_4
www2.gwu.edu...

www.thirdworldtraveler.com...

It is very well documented, they are just two sites from a quick google.

It really did happen...


NO! Those aren't reliable! No!


J/k. Thanks for the sources.
Another site that covers it is www.narconews.com...



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:09 AM
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Originally posted by jrsdls
I have searched the congressional record, and I am more convinced that Kerry is wrong for America. He should go back to his beloved France. He appearently has sided with every country but his own.


Right-O.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:13 AM
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Originally posted by EastCoastKid
Why don't you try looking into the congressional record. Is that official enuff for you? It's there. Try it. But I warn you, you will be disgusted by what Kerry's work reveals.


Yep, especially when you see what he did to the POWs from Vietnam.

That in itself should be enough to convince people not to vote for him. He basically prevented a inquiry into whether or not they were there. Numerous pieces of literature have proven that they were there and that we could have rescued them. If only people like Kerry would have done something about that.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:18 AM
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I've no doubt that the CIA did this and more, My objection to this is the fact that all these thing are coming from left wing sites.

the world traveller site is anti-intelligence agencies, so they will only post things that are negative, can't trust them to be honest. It's just a spin job.

National Securtiy archive, again another anti-intelligence, anti-government site.

NarcoNews, it's pro drug, anti-US site, try to find another one



[edit on 26/10/04 by jrsdls]



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:21 AM
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I just finished reading that David Icke book 'Alice in the wonderland and the twin tower disaster' (or something along those lines). Anyway in the beginning of the book, he states that John Kerry did investigate the Bush-Drug-Contra scandal, however Icke says that he didnt find anything worth mentioning because they are both brothers of the same secret organization. Keep in mind this book was written years ago.

I believe Icke even gives references to his statement, when I go home today I'll see if I can find any links to it.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:43 AM
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Wrong thread, Sorry!


[edit on 26-10-2004 by kegs]



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:50 AM
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For those interested, here is an introduction and the report.



Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy:
Transcripts of the Hearings

Hearings Before the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics, and International Communications and International Economic Policy, Trade, Oceans and Environment of the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundredth Congress, First Session, May 27, July 15, and October 30, 1987


Part Two: Panama

entire volume in one Acrobat file


Part One

cover and title page | committee members | table of contents

pages > 1-20 | 21-40 | 41-60 | 61-80 | 81-100 | 101-120 | 121-140 | 141-160 | 161-190

[more will be posted soon]


Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy:
Final Report

The final report, based on the hearings above, is here.
(Thanks to the National Security Archive.)




Background

>>> In 1987, two subcommittees of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held three days of hearings on drug trafficking. Headed by Sen. John F. Kerry (D - Mass.)—who has since become a candidate for President—the panel heard evidence of official corruption in Central America, South America, the Caribbean, and the United States. The next year, the government published the transcripts in a 4-volume set that has remained a touchstone for anyone interested in narco-corruption, particularly as it involves US intelligence agencies.

The trouble is, this 1,800-page goldmine of information has been incredibly hard to find. The Memory Hole's copy was given to me by a friend of the family—Lorenzo Hagerty—who told me an interesting story. As soon as the Kerry Report was published in 1988, Lorenzo ordered a copy from the Government Printing Office. When it arrived, he began reading it and realized how important it was. He immediately called the GPO to order another set. He was told that the report was already out of print and would not be published again. It had been available to the public for one single week.

Small portions of the Kerry Report transcripts have been published online, but they are only a fraction of the entire four volumes. The Memory Hole is planning to scan and post the entire thing. The first volume has been posted as HTML, and the rest will go up as Acrobat files. The front page and the email updates will contain notifications when new portions are posted.

December 1988 saw the publication of the one-volume report based on these hearings. This report--also very rare--has been scanned and posted by the National Security Archive. It's available here [PDF format].




PDF:

www2.gwu.edu...



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:50 AM
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Kegs, my main point is not whether or not the CIA sold Coacain to support rebels. I want to see information that is not from a biased source. Salon is a democratic leaning paper, it's biased and they present only one view, anything that makes Republicans look bad and Democrats good. Everyone spins things their own way. If you are going to post information, look at the source of the document and find out wheater it's reliabable or not.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 09:56 AM
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Originally posted by jrsdls
National Securtiy archive, again another anti-intelligence, anti-government site.



The National Security Archive from George Washington University is anti-intelligence?

How the heck can you say that?

They are a very reliable site that gets a lot of it's information from the government.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 10:01 AM
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OK jrsdls, how about CIA.gov?

Is that good enough for you?


CIA.gov:
# In April 1986, a Headquarters cable stated that Senator John Kerry of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had "assigned several staff members to conduct an intensive investigation of allegations of [Contra] involvement in illegal activities." According to the cable, the scope of the SFRC investigation included, among other things:

. . . . An on going [sic] drug smuggling operation connecting Columbia [sic], Costa Rica, Nicaragua and the United States, in which Resistance members and their American supporters, . . . handled the transport of coc aine produced in Columbia [sic], shipped to Costa Rica, processed in the region, transported to airstrips controlled by American supporters of the Resistance and distributed in the U.S.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 10:02 AM
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AceOfBase, I did not do an indepth research into the site, I just looked at the title of the articles and read a few of them. From what I saw, Yes, they get documents from the government, but they only post certain ones. Granted, I am coming from this with a background in the intelligence business. I have been an Intelligence analyst for over 20+ years, I am a register researcher at the National Archives and I have the Clearances to see some of the classified documents that are stored there if I have the need to know. I do know that only a very small amount of documents are de-classified, and it sometimes takes years for even something small to come out. I want to see all the documents, not just the ones selected by a site that has a political purpose.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 10:09 AM
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Why hasn't Kerry been tooting his horn on this one then?

Oh, I know why because he lied before Congress during his 1986 testimony. The dreaded Christmas in Cambodia rears its ugly head again.


In a speech before the U.S. Senate on March 27, 1986, Kerry accused President Ronald Reagan of leading the United States into another Vietnam in Central America, accusing the administration of Nixon-like duplicity and saying that he should recognize it because of his Vietnam experience. Kerry told his colleagues he was on Navy duty in Cambodia at a time when President Richard M. Nixon lied to the public and said that there were no U.S. forces in that country. He even took enemy fire. In his words, "I remember Christmas of 1968 sitting on a gunboat in Cambodia. I remember what it was like to be shot at by Vietnamese and Khmer Rouge and Cambodians, and have the president of the United States telling the American people that I was not there; the troops were not in Cambodia. I have that memory which is seared - seared - in me."


We all remember this little ditty - Not only was Nixon not in office yet, as Kerry claimed, but not one of his loyal Swift boat crew will corroborate that they were ever in Cambodia.

The whole reason the Kerry campaign has not "used" his one man effort to expose the Reagan administration is because it also exposes his tendency to exaggerate (lie) the truth.



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 10:14 AM
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Originally posted by COOL HAND

Originally posted by EastCoastKid
Why don't you try looking into the congressional record. Is that official enuff for you? It's there. Try it. But I warn you, you will be disgusted by what Kerry's work reveals.


Yep, especially when you see what he did to the POWs from Vietnam.

That in itself should be enough to convince people not to vote for him. He basically prevented a inquiry into whether or not they were there. Numerous pieces of literature have proven that they were there and that we could have rescued them. If only people like Kerry would have done something about that.


This is the most absurd statement I've heard yet. Total Bu#. Black is white. Day is night. All I can say, Cool Hand is..


Are you really that ignorant of the TRUTH, or are you some kind of DISINFORMATION agent?



posted on Oct, 26 2004 @ 10:15 AM
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Originally posted by jrsdls
I've no doubt that the CIA did this and more, My objection to this is the fact that all these thing are coming from left wing sites.

the world traveller site is anti-intelligence agencies, so they will only post things that are negative, can't trust them to be honest. It's just a spin job.

National Securtiy archive, again another anti-intelligence, anti-government site.

NarcoNews, it's pro drug, anti-US site, try to find another one



[edit on 26/10/04 by jrsdls]


You are SO in denial, its pathetic.




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