According to The Washington Post, Mercury News editor Jerry Cepposstated that he was troubled by the interpretive leap many people made about the article'sclaims of CIA involvement in the growth of crack cocaine. Ceppos was quoted as saying,\"Certainly talk radio in a lot of cities has made the leap. We've tried to correct itwherever we could . . . People [have been] repeating the error again and again andagain.\" Approximately a month and a half after the Dark Alliance series was posted onthe Mercury News website, the newspaper changed the introduction to the articles,in apparent recognition that certain wording had contributed to the misunderstanding.Rather than stating:
Many African-American leaders were particularly troubled by the articles, mindful ofthe frequency with which young black men were being incarcerated for drug offenses. If theMercury News was right, it appeared that the same government that was arresting somany black men had played a role in creating the drug crisis that precipitated theirarrest. This point was emphasized by the Mercury News' Dark Alliance series, whichincluded articles entitled, \"War on drugs has unequal impact on black Americans;Contras case illustrates the discrepancy: Nicaraguan goes free; L.A. dealer faceslife\"; and \"Flawed sentencing the main reason for race disparity; In 1993, cracksmokers got 3 years; coke snorters got 3 months.\" The president of the Los Angeleschapter of the NAACP issued the following statement in response to the Dark Allianceseries: \"We believe it is time for the government, the CIA, to come forward andaccept responsibility for destroying human lives.\" In a letter dated August 30, 1996,Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) requested that the Department of Justice (DOJ) andthe House Judiciary Committee conduct investigations of the allegations. The CongressionalBlack Caucus and many leaders in the black community also insisted upon an investigationinto the charges raised by the Mercury News.
[W]hile there are indications in American intelligence files and elsewhere that Mr. Meneses and Mr. Blandon may indeed have provided modest support for the rebels, including perhaps some weapons, there is no evidence that either man was a rebel official or had anything to do with the C.I.A. Nor is there proof that the relatively small amounts of cocaine they sometimes claimed to have brokered on behalf of the insurgents had a remotely significant role in the explosion of crack that began around the same time.
It confirms the suspicion that government agents were involved. Clearly, when you're talking about drug dealers meeting with CIA agents it does go a long way toward validating this suspicion. There's a grain of truth to any conspiracy theory and it turns out there are a lot of grains of truth to this one. If you want to stretch it to its logical conclusion, the government was involved in starting the crack epidemic, because it was this pipeline that did it. Now we know what we didn't know in the '80's -- which is where they were selling the stuff. We were able to close the circle and show how this affected American citizens, whereas before it was some sort of nebulous foreign policy story. Now we can see the damage. Whether or not these guys were part of our government or just contract agents is unclear.
As of Summer of 2017, KU is now a Pepsi campus meaning you cannot get Coca Cola products anywhere on campus. However, McLain's Market does carry Coke products. McLain's Market is located right across the street from the Earth, Engery & Enviornment Center at the West end of Jaywalk Boulevard, just past the Chi Omega Fountain.
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Monessen is a conventional coke plant producing very high-quality coke and related carbon by-products. This facility is located in Monessen, Pennsylvania, along the Monongahela River in the southwest region of the state.
Princeton is a coal mine in Princeton, West Virginia, that specializes in surface and underground mining of coal to produce coke and pulverized coal injection (PCI). The majority of the production is consumed at Cleveland-Cliffs facilities.
The routes, modalities and networks employed by criminal actors however continue to evolve, diversify and become more efficient. Moreover, the current relative concentration of consumers presents a clear potential for expansion, and new markets threaten to emerge. The increasingly globalized, interconnected, digitalized and technologically sophisticated nature of society, as well as a growing affluent demographic in some regions where cocaine use has traditionally been low, can potentially catalyse and accelerate this expansion. 59ce067264