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Your Call: What is the true story of the Dark Alliance?



On the October 13th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb and his 1996 explosive three part series, “Dark Alliance,” which revealed connections between the CIA, the crack cocaine explosion in African-American neighborhoods in the US, and the CIA-backed Nicaraguan Contras. The story is told in the new film Kill the Messenger. What do we know about the “Dark Alliance 18 years later? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Nick Schou, award-winning investigative journalist and the managing editor of OC Weekly, the alternative news publication for CA’s Orange County and Long Beach communities. He is the author of Kill the Messenger: How the CIA's Crack-Cocaine Controversy Destroyed Journalist Gary Webb

Malcolm Byrne, deputy director and director of research for the non-governmental National Security Archive. He is the author of Lessons of Iran-Contra: Behind the Scenes of Ronald Reagan's Iran Gambit, 1985-86

Web Resources:

Nick Schou: Kill The Messenger

The National Security Archive: Iran-Contra Revisited

C-SPAN:  Book Discussion on Iran-Contra

LA Weekly: How Kill the Messenger Will Vindicate Investigative Journalist Gary Webb

Huffington Post: Kill The Messenger: How The Media Destroyed Gary Webb

Common Dreams: The Resurrection of Gary Webb: Will Hollywood Give Journalist Last Word Against CIA’s Media Apologists?