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Lost History: Contras, Cocaine, the Press & 'Project Truth' Paperback – Unabridged, July 1, 1999
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This book is a real gem. It outlines a tale of both corruption and ideological mendacity within the White House, and of ignorance and unprofessionalism with the Directorate of Operations in the Central Intelligence Agency. As one who served on the Central American Task Force at the time, and as a clandestine case officer focused on these matters, I find it especially fascinating that I, from the inside, was truly unaware of the degree to which we were engaged in direct support to a band of contras characterized by drug-running, money-laundering, corruption, rape, torture, routine murders, and perhaps worse of all, total incompetence and ineffectiveness.
There are two aspects of this book that truly stand out for anyone who is committed, as I and most CIA employees are, to the concept that "the truth shall make you free."
First, as the title suggests, there is a "lost history" that is unavailable to the American people. The author is not alone in making this charge. The editors of the history of the Department of State have on several occasions complained, both publicly and privately, that an accurate history of the foreign relations of the United States of America cannot be written without more complete disclosure of our various covert operations. Indeed, Derek Leebaert's book The Fifty-Year Wound: How America's Cold War Victory Has Shaped Our World, Jim Bamford's book ...Read more ›
Parry brilliantly documents what the Contras were really all about. The so-called Nicaraguan freedom fighters which President Ronald Reagan referred to as "the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers" were instead involved in a major drug networking operation, aided by the CIA. The result was that scores of youngsters in South Central Los Angeles became drug addicts as they moved their operations into America while battles waged among young gang members over turf control. When Senator John Kerry sought to expose what was happening he too was denounced as a troublemaker operating against America's best interests.
Parry tells about what political correctness really is, and it is far removed from what is depicted by right wingers seeking to pin the tag on liberal critics. To Parry this correctness takes the form of barking on cue in alliance with and as supplicants to the major commercial interests which hold sway not only over those in political power, but on the media itself. His efforts to exercise independence of judgment were accompanied by negative reactions from powers in the media as well as Washington operatives. All the same he prevailed, and hopefully he and others will continue telling their stories despite the fervent efforts to silence them.
It provides an insight into the 'hidden truth' and 'lost history' that remains unknown.
Neither a conspiracy theory nor unproven, this book highlights the obscene lack of attention given by the press to the government admissions of culpability in the Iran-Contra affair.
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A very valued book in my library. I appreciate the details of how the drug cartels ran drugs into our country. Read morePublished 16 months ago by American Citizen
I wanted to understand what went on at that time.
people really need to see the real inside story. Highly recommend Robert Parry - all books
Parry dredges up all the stories that I remember seeing in the news, but then abruptly disappeared, with no follow up from our "liberal" media. Read morePublished on May 1, 2011 by SPF
Wow, what can one say about someone living in a fantasy world completely devoid of any reality! Never once does he mention the murderous bent of Daniel Ortega and the plight of the... Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by Scott Williams
I just finished reading this book. I had a hard time putting it down. I usually read for a short time in bed before falling asleep, but I often found myself still reading this book... Read morePublished on January 8, 2009 by Joseph M. Davis
Truth be told, even "fruitcake conspiracy theories" are right occasionally. This doesn't measure up that well. Read morePublished on March 18, 2005 by Odinsblade