The Crack Cocaine Business in Los Angeles In The Mid 1980's and the Nicaraguan Contras.

September 24, 1996

Since late August, Democracy Now! has been following developments in the story broken by San Jose Mercury News investigative journalist Gary Webb detailing how profits from the crack cocaine business in Los Angeles in the mid 1980s were funneled to the Nicaraguan contras, allegedly with the CIA’s knowledge. Since this story broke, Congress member Maxine Waters has demanded Congressional hearings on the revelations and the Justice Department and CIA are investigating the charges. Yesterday in Washington, a group of civil rights leaders including talk show host Joe Madison, Dick Gregory and Joseph Lowery of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference held a press conference to continue to draw attention to this story and demand full government disclosure.