Episode 117 – Requiem for the Suicided: Gary Webb

by | Feb 14, 2010 | Episodes, Podcasts | 9 comments

Running Time: 52:59

Description:This week we meet the man who knew the secrets of the CIA’s Dark Alliance. From the jungles of Nicaragua to the mean streets of south-central LA, Gary Webb’s groundbreaking journalism uncovered a scandal so huge that the story could not be allowed to continue. Help us honour the memory of this intrepid reporter by exploring the suspicious death and passing on the life’s work of Gary Webb.

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Documentation – Gary Webb biographical details
Time Reference: 11:58
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Documentation – Gary Webb In His Own Words
Time Reference: 13:05
Description: Gary Webb talks about his groundbreaking report Dark Alliance that began in the San Jose Mercury News in 2006.
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Documentation – Dark Alliance website
Time Reference: 14:54
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Documentation – Dateline: CIA and the Crack Epidemic
Time Reference: 15:23
Description: Mainstream corporate media hit piece trying to convince people that Gary Webb was wrong.
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Documentation – CBS Report on CIA drug running
Time Reference: 22:48
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Documentation – The Contras, Cocaine, and Covert Operations
Time Reference: 26:00
Description: GWU archive of official documents backing up the Dark Alliance series.
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Documentation – San Jose Editor Admits to Crack Series Deficiencies
Time Reference: 27:46
Description: The newspaper abandons the story.
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Documentation – Attack on Dark Alliance
Time Reference: 28:10
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Documentation – Was Gary Webb ‘Suicided’ To Kill New Book?
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Documentation – Evidence Begins To Indicate Gary Webb Was Murdered
Time Reference: 40:29
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Documentation – Only In Arkansas: Webb ‘Double Gunshot Wounds’ Explanation Defies Belief
Time Reference: 42:30
Description: How on earth can somebody have two different gunshot wounds and their cause of death still be passed off as suicide?
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Documentation – The Truth in Dark Alliance
Time Reference: 46:23
Description: Too little, too late.
Link To: LA Times


  1. Great report as always- this ties into the recent and very interesting documentary on Netlix called 13th- about the 13th Amendment’s loophole that perpetuated slavery by enhancing the prison system.

    • You can thank LBJ for blowing the head off JFK, just in time for him to make changes to the Civil Rights Act was signed probably, followed by Nixon’s “War on Drugs”, followed by Bush’s privatization of the prison system in America, followed by the C.I.A’s targeting black communities for the crack/AIDS epidemic.

      Seems like the freedoms of blacks in America has been continuously stymied since May 9, 1865.

  2. James, Thank you for this video version of Gary Webb. It is timely with all the talk about “Fake News”.

    The “suicide” reminded me of Terry Yeakey’s suicide..
    “…According to the report, Terry slashed himself eleven times on both forearms before cutting his own throat twice near the jugular vein. Then, apparently seeking even a more private place to die, he crawled another mile of rough terrain away from his car and climbed a fence, before shooting himself in the head with a small caliber revolver. What appeared to be rope burns on his neck, handcuff bruises to his wrists, and muddy grass imbedded in his slash wounds strongly indicated that he had some help in traversing this final distance.”
    “The bullet’s entrance wound was in the right temple, above the eye. It went through the policeman’s head and exited in the area of the left cheek, near the bottom of the ear lobe line. The trajectory was from a 40-45 degree angle above his head. There were no powder burns. No weapon was ever reported as found at the scene, but independent investigators speculated that had Yeakey shot himself with standard police issue – a Glock 9mm or a .357 Magnum – his head would have been far more destroyed than it apparently was….”

    LINKS at Episode 140 https://www.corbettreport.com/episode-140-requiem-for-the-suicided-terrance-yeakey/
    (start at 12:28)

    OKC – A Conspiracy Theory
    (5 minutes YouTube) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7W6KlZd6Qic

  3. I have to say the “Dateline: CIA and the Crack Epidemic documentary” was a great piece of news journalism for mainstream America. I don’t think we’ll see docs like that on TV anytime soon.

    The Black-Ops division of the C.I.A has always smuggled drugs and weapons…One only needs to Google and research – Air America (airline) –

    • I agree. The MainStreamMedia has gotten much, much worse.

      Example: -VACCINES-
      In 2001, the media was actually reporting about the harmful effects of vaccines. Here is a vaccine news video with a good friend of mine.

      Circa 2016, the MainStreamMedia vilifies anyone who talks about the harmful effects of vaccines.

  4. Thanks a lot for posting this graceful requiem for G. Webb.
    I’ve seen the movie “Kill the Messenger” one year ago – and I liked it. Because when I was young – in the eighties – I did not know, that he has been the journalist who investigated on this.

    Anyway, what really called my attention in James’ Podcast was to see Garry Webb himself telling his story. And for that I am especially thankful.

    I then realised that there is a meaningfull coincidence of the family name ‘Webb’ (= Weaver) and the impact that his story had because of the WWWEB (at 16:50: https://youtu.be/FS-oNTe9kwE?t=16m50s).
    Let’s honor him by keeping his name and his courage alive!

  5. peeter.joot,

    Please explain how “a number of those people that were close to Webb at the time of his death” not believing his death was assisted is a relevant piece of information that would somehow explain/convince you his 2-gunshots to the head death was unassisted.

    • scpat… Whether or not Gary Webb put those two bullets in his own head or not I think you can put a lot of the blame on the CIA and the others involved in ruining him…

      For the record though, it wouldn’t be the first time someone shot themselves multiple times in the head.

      ‘Multiple gunshot suicides are rare, but possible. In one study of 138 gunshot suicides, 5 (3.6%) involved two shots to the head, the first of which missed the brain.[1] In 2012, a suicide where a man shot himself 8 times in the head before he died 22 hours later was reported.[2]’


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