Subject CONTINUED MEDIA BLACKOUT OF DRUG WAR Written 419 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in cd
Subject: CONTINUED MEDIA BLACKOUT OF DRUG WAR
Written 4:19 pm Feb 25, 1991 by christic in cdp:christic.news
CONTINUED MEDIA BLACKOUT OF DRUG WAR FRAUD
Project Censored: Nomination for the "Ten Best Censored Stories of 1990"
While the fire and brimstone of drug war rhetoric continues to saturate
the mainstream press, high-ranking drug war insiders continue to come
forward in attempts to expose the "war" for what it really is: a battle for
the hearts, minds, and tax dollars of the American public. And the media
continue to be the government's apparently willing ally in this war.
The latest to "go public" is Michael Levine, who recently retired from the
DEA after 25 years as a leading undercover agent for various law enforcement
agencies. Over the course of his career, Levine has personally accounted for
at least 3,000 people serving a total of 15,000 years in jail, as well as
several tons of various illegal substances seized. Upon his retirement
Levine published a critical expose of the DEA in which he thoroughly
documents his journey from true believer to drug war heretic.
Levine documents numerous instances of CIA involvement in the drug trade,
State Department intervention, and DEA cooperation with both parties.
Levine's story closely parallels that of Richard Gregorie whose defection
from the Attorney General's office was the fourth ranked "censored" story of
According to Levine, "the only thing we know with certainty is that the
drug war is not for real. The drug economy in the United States is as much
as $200 billion a year, and it is being used to finance political
operations, pay international debts--all sorts of things." While not being
completely frozen out by the media, not one DEA or other government official
would appear to respond to his charges.
Levine's appearance on The MacNeil/Lehrer show was significant because
Terrence Burke (the acting DEA chief), when asked by Lehrer, agreed with
Levine that "we (the U.S.), have consistently chosen drugs over communism,"
but Burke only agreed to appear on the show after the Levine interview
(which was taped) and with the proviso that he would not discuss any of the
charges made in the book.
Another strange media non-event was the proposed 60 Minutes segment on
"the drug war fraud". On January 24, 60 Minutes producer Gail Eisen called
Levine and explained that executive producer Don Hewitt had ordered a "crash
production" for a segment on his experience with the DEA. Levine gave 60
Minutes extensive documentation and he was instructed to get his passport in
order to do on location shooting in Panama. He then received a phone call
informing him that 60 Minutes had suddenly and inexplicably dropped the
"The whole drug war is a media war," says Levine, "It's a psychological
war, aimed at convincing America through the press that our government is
seriously trying to deal with the drug problem when they're not."
SOURCES: EXTRA!, July/Aug 1990, "Ex-DEA Agent Calls Drug War a Fraud," by
Martin A. Lee, pp 3-5; THE HUMANIST, Sept/Oct 1990, "A Funny, Dirty Little
Drug War," by Rick Szykowny, pp 15-27.
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