Friday, March 28, 2008

OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism

Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know.



This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it's like to work for Fox News. These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a "right-wing" point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said "There's no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can't be crossed."

Friday, March 21, 2008

U.S. Government Pushed Crack in Black 'Hoods

For nearly a decade the CIA, helped
spread crack cocaine in Black ghettos


By Rosalind Muhammad
West Coast Bureau Chief
Originally Published, 1996

Note: This article was originally published by FinalCall.com News in 1996 by former Final Call News West Coast Bureau Chief, Rosalind Muhammad.

LOS ANGELES (FinalCall.com) - New evidence has surfaced linking the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to the introduction of crack cocaine into Black neighborhoods with drug profits used to fund the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contra army in the early 1980s.

This evidence has given credence to long-held suspicions of the U.S. government's role in undermining Black communities.

According to a series of groundbreaking reports by the San Jose Mercury News, for the better part of a decade, a San Francisco Bay Area drug ring, comprised of CIA and U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency agents and informants, sold tons of cocaine to the Crips and Bloods street gangs of Los Angeles.

Millions of dollars in drug profits were then funneled to the Fuerza Democratica Nicaraguense (Nicaraguan Democratic Force), the largest of several anti-Communists commonly called the Contras. The 5,000-man FDN was created in mid-1981 and run by both American and Nicaraguan CIA agents in its losing war against Nicaragua's Sandinista government, the Cuban-supported socialists who had overthrown U.S.-backed dictator Anastasio Somoza in 1979.

This CIA-backed drug network opened the first pipeline between Columbia's cocaine cartels and the Black neighborhoods of Compton and Los Angeles, according to the Mercury News.

In time, the cocaine that flooded Los Angeles helped spark a "crack explosion" in urban America and provided the cash and connections needed for Los Angeles's gangs to buy Uzi sub-machine guns, AK-47 rifles, and other assault weapons that would fuel deadly gang turf wars, drive-by
shootings, murders and robberies -- courtesy of the U.S. government, according to the article.

"While the FDN's war is barely a memory today, Black America is still dealing with its poisonous side effects. Urban neighborhoods are grappling with legions of homeless crack addicts. 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 started bring it into South Central in the 1980s at bargain basement prices," wrote Mercury News reporter Gary Webb, in the first installment of the shocking series of reports.

Although the Mercury News details the activities of numerous Nicaraguan and American informants and ties involved in the drug-gun trade, three men are cited as key players: Norwin Meneses, a Nicaraguan smuggler and FDN boss; Danilo Blandon, a cocaine supplier, top FDN civilian leader in California, and DEA informant; and Ricky Donnell Ross, a South Central Los Angeles high school dropout and drug trafficker of mythic proportions, who was Mr. Blandon's
biggest customer.

According to the Mercury News article, for the better part of a decade, "Freeway Rick," as he was nicknamed, was unaware of his supplier's military and political connections.

But together, the trio was directly and indirectly responsible for introducing and selling crack cocaine as far away as Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Dayton and St. Louis.

Ricky Ross' street connections, ability to obtain cocaine at low prices and deals that allowed him to receive drugs from Contra-CIA operatives with no money upfront helped him to undercut other dealers and quickly spread crack. He also sold crack wholesale to gangs across the country, said the Mercury News report.


Most of the information surrounding the CIA's involvement in the crack trade came from testimony in the March drug trafficking trial of Mr. Ross, 36, who, along with two other men were convicted of cocaine conspiracy charges in San Diego.

A federal judge indefinitely postponed Mr. Ross's Aug. 23 sentencing to grant his lawyer time to try to show that federal authorities misused DEA agent Mr. Blandon to entrap Mr. Ross in a "reverse" sting last year. Mr. Ross could receive life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Records show that Mr. Ross was still behind bars in Cincinnati in 1994, awaiting parole, when San Diego DEA agents targeted him for the reverse sting-- one in which government agents provide the drugs and the target provides the cash.

Though Mr. Blandon has admitted to crimes that have sent others away for life, the U.S. Justice Department turned him loose on unsupervised probation in 1994 after only 28 months behind bars and has paid him more than $166,000 since, court records show.

Mr. Blandon's boss in the FDN's cocaine operation, Norwin Meneses, has never spent a day in a U.S. prison, even though the federal government has been aware of his cocaine dealings since at least 1974, according to the Mercury News article.

For years, writers, authors, activists, gang members and others have implicated the U.S. government in the deadly crack cocaine-gun trade.

Many have charged the U.S. government with supplying gang members with these tools in an effort to undermine and eradicate the Black community through wanton murder, drug addiction and crime.

Some believe crack did not become an "American problem" until the drug began hitting white neighborhoods and affecting white children.

On Aug. 23, the Los Angeles City Council, responding to pressure by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Black American Political Association of California (BAPAC), asked U.S. Atty. Janet Reno to investigate the government's involvement in the alleged sale of illegal street drugs in Los Angeles' Black community to support the CIA-backed Contras.

BAPAC vice chairman Glen Brown told The Final Call that a federal agency monitored by a civilian advisory board is one way the government could investigate the matter because "we can't have people who are responsible for this investigate themselves."

BAPAC, a statewide coalition of political activists, has also demanded that the U.S. government provide the necessary funding, materials and labor to rebuild urban areas destroyed by crack cocaine, as well as the necessary medical care, education, counseling, and vocational training to
restore shattered lives.

Long-term Los Angeles activists Chilton Alphonse, founder of the Community Youth Sports & Arts Foundation, which aids former gang members, said he briefly assisted Ricky Ross when the drug dealer was paroled from prison inn October 1994, after serving about half of a 10-year prison sentence in Cincinnati in exchange for his testimony against corrupt Los Angeles police detectives.

"He came back to Los Angeles and tried to get his life together," Mr. Alphonse said. "Rick was a legend in the streets. But he flipped (testified against law enforcement officers). He said they used him to skim money from him."

Mr. Alphonse was referring to Mr. Ross's 1991 testimony against Los Angeles Police Department narcotics detectives who had been fired or indicted along with dozens of deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff's elite narcotics squads for allegedly beating suspects, stealing drug money and planting evidence.

Mr. Alphonse, who now resides in Alabama, said he has warned for years that the flood of crack cocaine and assault weapons into the Black community was not the doing of the Bloods and Crips.

"Inner city youth don't have the resources to manufacture cocaine or ship in guns," Mr. Alphonse said.

Others agree.

In December 1989, while head of the NAACP Los Angeles Chapter, Anthony A. Samad (then Anthony Essex) announced his findings that some Bloods and Crips members had implicated the U.S. government in the ruthless crack and assault weapons trade among Los Angeles street gangs. Mr. Samad said that he learned this after extensive interviews with gang members housed in Los Angeles County Jail. But he was largely ignored by Black elected officials, he said who sided with law enforcement.

"Gang members charged then that gang rivalry and drug wars were being perpetuated by the police and the government," said Mr. Samad, who is now president of Samad & Associates, a consulting firm.

Henry Stuckey, of Stop the Violence/Increase the Peace, said that government involvement in community drug trafficking was common knowledge in some circles.

"Obviously African American males didn't have planes and boats to move the guns and narcotics into the Black community." Mr. Stuckey said.

Mr. Stuckey said that Black and Latino youths must be appraised of the government's involvement in order to understand that their communities will continue to be the dumping grounds for guns and drugs unless the youths "do for self."

"I do think that the blame that was laid on the gangs was wrong," Mr. Stuckey said. "But I can't say that it vindicates them for their actions because they had a choice in the matter. (Still) it's horrible that the government targeted our youth."

Roland Freeman, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Campaign to Free Geronimo Pratt, is a former member of the Black Panther Party. The BPP was targeted and ultimately nullified by FBI counterintelligence programs.

Mr. Freeman said he knows firsthand of the deceit of which the government is capable; a government, he said, that tries to "set itself up as if it's higher than God when really it's lower than the devil."

"(They put) small pox in the Indian's blankets and gave them fire water," Mr. Freeman said. "They make drugs available to Blacks and other minorities. It only surprises me that (the CIA) got caught."

See also: The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment

Friday, March 14, 2008

Associated Press (AP) says "Judaism is a Gutter Religion"

Source: NOI.org Website

The following is a memo which originally appeared in late economist and former Wall Street Journal editorial writer Jude Wanniski's, Polyconomics.com. Despite numerous clear and concise corrections, news services such as the Associated Press (AP) continue to violate their declared "principles" of journalism by promoting the inaccuracies.

December 22, 1997
Letter From Louis Farrakhan
Memo To: Website browsers
From: Jude Wanniski
Re: Letter from Farrakhan

Last spring, I engaged in an e-mail exchange with former New York Mayor Ed Koch, the man who originally labeled Louis Farrakhan a "Black Hitler," back in 1984. Koch wrote a series of columns in the New York Post earlier this year criticizing me and journalist Robert Novak for inviting Min. Farrakhan to our annual supply-side conference in Florida. I invited Koch to exchange views, which we did, and in response to one offer, he challenged me to explain why Farrakhan had called the Pope an "anti-Christ" and called Judaism a "gutter religion." I passed the request on to Min. Farrakhan and he answered in this letter. Christmas week is a good time to publish it.

June 18, 1997 As-Salaam Alaikum. (Peace Be Unto You)

Dear Jude... May this letter find you and your family in the best of health and spirit.

I am happy to respond to Mayor Koch’s assertions that I have made derogatory remarks about Judaism and Christianity. There is no possibility that I would say what he and others have accused me of saying about these religions, which after all, the Revealed World of Allah (God) found in the Torah and the Gospel provides the foundation for my own Islamic Faith, the teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad, and the Nation of Islam.

Regarding Mayor Koch’s assertion that I made reference to the Pope as being "the anti-Christ" on the Phil Donahue Show, my secretary searched each of the four Donahue shows on which I appeared over the past dozen years. She could find no reference to my charging the Pope as being the "Anti-Christ". I am sending a copy of all the tapes for your own review.

Indeed, when I was young, the Honorable Elijah Muhammad instructed me, that as a Minister in the nation of Islam, I was certainly not on the level of the Pope and that I should be very careful how I directed any criticism at the Pope. I have instructed all of my Ministers in the same manner. This is why I was most disturbed at the words concerning the Pope made by Khalid Muhammad, when he was under my leadership.

In my mind, I believe you agree in your mind as well, those who teach and inspire others to act against Christ’s Teaching must be considered anti-Christ. In the past, there have been Popes, other high officials of the Church, priests, lay persons, Muslims and non-Muslims who have accommodated themselves to views and actions which most of us would now consider antithetical to His Teaching. I believe, to be of a mind and spirit to oppose Christ as a conscious act is an act of Satan himself.

Most Christians who violate Christ’s Teaching do so out of weakness or temptation, not out of a conscious desire to uproot and/or destroy the Message of Jesus Christ.

Regarding Mayor Koch’s challenge of my statement of March 11, 1984, about Judaism being a "dirty" religion or "gutter" religion. I have since then, at least a hundred times, explained that I made the "dirty religion" comment in a political context, after I was charged by some Jewish political and religious leaders with being the new "Black Hitler," in anger, I responded: "Here come the Jews calling me Hitler. The only way you can compare me to Hitler is that Hitler rose his people up from the ashes of defeat in World War I and I am trying to raise my people up from the ashes of slavery."

Then I said, "Do not compare me with your wicked killers", by which I meant murderers in the white race. I have never murdered anyone, advocated murder, or urged any form of physical violence. All human life is sacred to me. I believe all human beings can be redeemed except those who have violated the law of Allah (God) in such a way that it demands the forfeiture of their lives.

Regarding the state of Israel, I said in 1984, "Israel has not had any peace in 40 years and she will never have any peace for there can be no peace structured on lying, murder, and injustice, using the name of Allah (God) as a shield for your dirty religion."

Countless times over the years I have explained that I never referred to Judaism as a dirty religion, but, clearly referred to the machinations of those who hide behind the shield of Judaism while using unjust political means to achieve their objectives. This was distilled in the New York tabloids and other media saying, "Farrakhan calls Judaism a gutter religion."

As a Muslim, I revere Abraham, Moses, and all the Prophets who Allah (God) sent to the children of Israel. I believe in the scriptures brought by these Prophets and the Laws of Allah (God) as expressed in the Torah. I would never refer to the Revealed Word of Allah (God) -- the basis of Jewish Faith -- as "dirty" or "gutter." You know, Jude, as well as I, that the Revealed Word of Allah (God) comes as a Message from Allah (God) to purify us from our evil that has divided us and caused us to fall into the gutter.

Over the centuries, the evils of Christians, Jews and Muslims have dirtied their respective religions. True Faith in the laws and Teaching of Abraham, Jesus and Muhammad is not dirty, but, practices in the name of these religions can be unclean and can cause people to look upon the misrepresented religion as being unclean.

In the same way, I have throughout my life referred to Hitler as a wicked man, yet, the national news media insists that I called him a "great man," with the implied inference that "great" means "good." However, I did refer to him as "wickedly great." in the same sense that Ghengis Khan stands out in history. For political purposes in 1984, as Jesse Jackson sought the Democratic presidential nomination, his opponents chose to characterize my words in the headlines, "Jackson’s pal hails Hitler."


No matter what I have said to explain my meaning in the last 13 years, whenever my name is mentioned or I am written of, the words are repeated, "Louis Farrakhan -- the man who called Hitler great and Judaism a gutter religion."

I have given the above explanations over and over again and do so here again in hopes that your dialog with Mayor Koch can at last bring this issue to a close, at least among those willing and able to be objective. I believe in the commandment of Allah (God) revealed by Moses, "Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness Against Thy Neighbor."

May Allah (God) bless you with the great strength and courage needed to pursue the path of Truth. I am confident that all who stand on the basis of Truth and act with Justice in the end will be vindicated from false charges.

With sincerity and respect,
The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan
Servant to the Lost-Found
Nation of Islam in the West
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Jude Wanniski: "I reviewed the four tapes of the Donahue show and found no mention of the Pope. I sent Min. Farrakhan’s letter to Ed Koch along with a letter of my own. He answered back that the Anti-Defamation League acknowledged making a mistake regarding the "anti-Christ" quote and that it would no longer attribute it to him. Otherwise, Koch said it was time to end the dialog. He saw no point in continuing it."