Ronald Reagan was a Drug Dealer !

Back in the 1980's while First Lady Nancy Reagan was leading her Just Say No anti-drug use Crusade her husband President Ronald Reagan and his henchmen were heavily involved in drug dealing.

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Dark Stain on Ronald Reagans Legacy

The Reagan administration's tolerance and protection of this dark underbelly of the Contra war represented one of the most sordid scandals in the history of U.S. foreign policy. Yet when Kerry's bombshell findings were released in 1989, they were greeted by the mainstream press with disdain and disinterest. The New York Times, which had long denigrated the Contra-drug allegations, buried the story of Kerry's report on its inside pages, as did the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. For his tireless efforts, Kerry earned a reputation as a reckless investigator. Newsweek's Conventional Wisdom Watch dubbed Kerry a "randy conspiracy buff."

But almost a decade later, in 1998, Kerry's trailblazing investigation was vindicated by the CIA's own inspector general, who found that scores of Contra operatives were implicated in the cocaine trade and that U.S. agencies had looked the other way rather than reveal information that could have embarrassed the Reagan-Bush administration.

How John Kerry Exposed The Contra-Cocaine Scandal
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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 cocaine 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.

In early 1986, the 42-year-old Massachusetts Democrat stood almost alone in the U.S. Senate demanding answers about the emerging evidence that CIA-backed Contras were filling their coffers by collaborating with drug traffickers then flooding U.S. borders with cocaine from South America.

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Tags: CIA, cocaine, communism, community, corruption, daniel ortega, DEA, Gary Webb, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, injustice, John Kerry, oliver north, outrage, pablo escobar, police state, prison, propaganda, racism, Republicans, Ronald Reagan, War on Drugs (all tags)

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Re: Ronald Reagan was a Drug Dealer !
This is pretty well known fact.Yet I still see many of the folks affiliated with that piece of history treated like heroes.
Shit Reagan himself is some type of God to many.
Plus it went mostly into poor neighborhoods so in the end obviously noone cared.
by g1967 2007-06-15 01:53PM | 0 recs

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