The following is a collection of quotes from Waters on a number of topics from her wide-rangingdiscussion at Cal-State Northridge, including comments made during a question-and-answer session thatfollowed.
Can the CIA Be Trusted to Investigate Itself?
"Of course I'm skeptical of the CIA's own internal investigation, and no, I don't have a great deal of confidence that their inspector general will turn up the information we know is there, but this is justpart of the whole process of forcing the truth to light.""[Former CIA Director] John Deutch is gone. Hello. Goodbye. What was that all about? How committedis this agency to answering the questions we've presented before them?""We will never get George Bush's hands, clearly, where we think they were."
Isn't Secrecy Necessary to Protect National Security?
"A lot of people tell me that, when it comes to these obscure, clandestine federal agencies, that they aredoing important work that relates to national security, and that I should not interfere with thisimportant work. Well, I don't care what their work is all about.... Because it appears that the CIA notonly is involved with drug dealers, but they're involved with the worst kinds of criminals in all manner of sordid affairs, just so they can say they're out there doing something."
Wasn't the CIA Only Marginally Connected to Drug Dealing?
"A lot of people get hung up on the [dollar] amount, saying that not that much money actually made itto the Contras from their cocaine sales. Well, as far as I'm concerned, one dollar from the sale of drugsfunding the Contras should not be tolerated.""Other people argue about the degree to which the CIA may have been involved.... It doesn't matter.The government and the CIA cannot say they had no knowledge that this was happening."
Has Crack Disproportionately Affected the Black Community?
"It's better to have a job at McDonald's than to sell drugs. There is no defense for drug dealing. And