Subject NATIONAL MEDIA IGNORING CIA MISDEEDS Written 441 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in cd

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Subject: NATIONAL MEDIA IGNORING CIA MISDEEDS ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- Written 4:41 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in cdp:christic.news NATIONAL MEDIA IGNORING CIA MISDEEDS Project Censored: Nomination for the "Ten Best Censored Stories of 1990" In the wake of Watergate, it appeared that journalists were intent on exposing a wide range of government and corporate misdeeds. And scandalous activities of the Central Intelligence Agency seemed to be on top of the list ... and deserved to be there. These days, however, the investigative journalism successes of the Watergate era seem like a distant memory. And our national news media--in particular network television--have shown little interest in a number of scandals involving the CIA, including stories such as: --The CIA and the savings and loan scam. Houston Post reporter Peter Brewton was virtually the only mainstream journalist to tackle this complex story. Brewton's reporting traced the CIA's involvement in the failure of dozens of thrifts, ranging from the se of fraudulent proceeds to finance covert operations, to CIA intervention in criminal investigations involving agency operatives. --The CIA and drugs. Little media attention was paid to the 1989 Costa Rican Congressional Commission major investigation of narcotics in that country, which concluded that the contra resupply network, set up by Oliver North and CIA station chief Joseph Fernandez had facilitated cocaine traffic through Costa Rica into the U.S. --The CIA's role in the secret war on Nicaragua. Among other things, the agency was responsible for the mining of harbors, advising Contra rebels with handbooks on how to assassinate Sandanista officials, and the LaPenca bombing. --The CIA and Nelson Mandela. The Cox Newspapers' mid-1990 report that the CIA, using an agent inside the ANC, gave the South African government the information it needed to find and arrest Mandela in 1962. --The CIA's role in the slaughter of suspected communists in Indonesia in 1965. The Spartanburg, S.C., Herald Journal's May 1990 report that CIA and State Department officials passed lists of "possible communists" to the Indonesian government which were used in the extermination of more than 250,000 people. Logic and experience tell us that it is time to question the system of secret government. It is a system alien to American principles and defective in practice. But to question it, we must first become aware of it. And if the media won't expose it, who will? SOURCES: THE OREGONIAN, 5/17/90, "National Media Ignoring CIA Misdeeds," by Martin A. Lee; NEW YORK TIMES, 6/12/90, "An Alien System," by Anthony Lewis. End of text from cdp:christic.news Source: Peacenet Via New York Transfer News 718-448-2358, 718-448-2683 --- [ This file has travelled through the Socialism OnLine! BBS at +1-719-392-7781, 24 hours, 300-9600 bps HST/MNP/V42bis, on its way to you, the reader of this file. Please share any information you have about "big brother." Venceremos! ]

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