The Central Intelligence Agency, or CIA, has been known for years as an organization that fights evil in the shadows and protects the United States from those who wish to do us harm. The agency is known for it secrets, sometimes those secrets are revealed, and they show a much darker side of the agency. These CIA secrets may make you look at the agency differently.
In 1996, the San Jose Mercury News reported that the crack epidemic in Los Angeles during the 1980’s was enabled by the CIA in support of the Nicaraguan Contras, who were fighting the Communist Government. The Mercury News entitled the series “Dark Alliance: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion”, the series followed the story of a drug operation run by Rick Donnell Ross, better known as “Freeway” Rick Ross (not to be confused with the rapper Rick Ross). The series was written by journalist Gary Webb, whose tale is told in the movie Kill The Messenger. The series asserted that Rick Ross’ climb to the top of the Los Angeles drug world was enabled by Oscar Danilo Blandon and Norwin Meneses, two men who had ties to Fuerza Democrática Nicaragüense (FDN), one of the groups that made up the Contras. The Mercury News articles purported that the United States Government protected Blandon and Meneses from prosecution and turned a blind eye to their drug operation.