Congresswoman Rep. Maxine Wate Essay

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Congresswoman Rep. Maxine Waters "A woman who will simply not go unheard" CIA/Crontras Connection to DrugTrafficking in the US (South Central Los Angeles) Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be the most powerful Black woman in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color, and poor people. In an interview with Peter Jennings of ABC World News Tonight, Rep. Waters was referred to as "a woman who will simply not go unheard." On the forefront of the many issues that Rep. Waters debates daily, the CIA/Contras involvement in the trafficking of crack cocaine in South Central Los Angeles and other ...view middle of the document...

I will also provide an analytical overview of the type of stylistic devices used throughout the speeches.The history behind the CIA/Contras connection is one that many Americans are familiar with. According to the official report of the CIA, Contras and Crack Cocaine: "…the director of the Central Intelligence Committee, William Casey and Attorney General William French Smith entered into a secret Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The memorandum allowed the CIA ###ets who were involved in drug smuggling to escape from legal reporting requirements to the federal law enforcement agencies. The secret agreement detailed a long list of crimes which the CIA was required to disclose to federal law enforcement agencies including homicide, kidnapping, assault, bribery, possession of a firearm, as well as illegal immigrant, election contributions, and perjury. Amazingly, the MOU did not require the CIA to report drug trafficking or other drug law violations by the CIA assets to the Department of Justice" (p2).The American public has been made to believe that our government is in the business of keeping ##### out of our country and away from our children, but what are we to believe when our own government is accused of contaminating our country with #####. What is America to believe when our government is using taxpayer money to keep ##### smugglers out of jail instead improving healthcare? What is America to believe when the very people we trust to protect us, leave us hanging by the way side? What is America to believe? Again in 1989 Senator John of Massachusetts chaired the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Narcotics and International Operations documented the extensive role of the CIA in creating, operating, maintaining, and directing the Contra operations. Among the conclusion of its 1,166-page report, the committee reported: ¨ "Drug traffickers used the contra war as their ties to the contras as a cover for their criminal enterprises in Honduras and Costa Rica. Assistance from the drug lords was crucial to the contras, and the traffickers in turn promoted and protected their operations by associations with the contra movement." ¨ "Drug traffickers provided support to the contras and used the supply network of the contras. Contras knowingly received both financial and material assistance from the drug traffickers." ¨ "Drug traffickers contributed cash, weapons, planes, pilots, air supply services, and other materials to the contras." ¨ "In each case, one or another U.S. government agency had information regarding these matters either while they were occurring, or immediately thereafter." It has been reported by Peter Dale Scott in the July-August issue of Tikkun that "Drug-trafficking in the U.S persist because of reluctant politicians, CIA alliance with traffickers and media cover-up"(p27). This was exemplified by Gary Webb's expose of the Contra drug story in his column on the San Jose Mercury News. The series documented the...

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