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The Trials of Rep. Maxine Waters: Ethics or payback?

The Trials of Rep. Maxine Waters: Ethics or payback?

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The trials of Rep. Maxine Waters: Ethics or payback?
August 20, 2010
by Joseph Debro


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The trials of Rep. Maxine Waters: Ethics or payback?
August 20, 2010
by Joseph Debro


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The trials of Rep. Maxine Waters: Ethics or payback? 
August 20, 2010
 by Joseph Debro
 Congresswoman Maxine Waters testifies before the House Intelligence Commitee March 16,1998, then chaired by Congressman Porter Goss, on CIA involvement in drug trafficking. Goss,who stoutly resisted the full investigation of the CIA-crack connection that Waters pressed himfor, is now charging Waters with violations of House ethics rules stemming from her legitimateadvocacy for Black banks. She categorically denies the allegations and welcomes a House trial toclear her good name. – Video frame: CitizenInvestigatorCongresswoman Maxine Waters waged a more successful war on drugs than the entire U.S.government. Maxine was concerned with those who made enormous profits from this trade, suchas Ronald Reagan. He used those profits to fight a war for which the Congress would not pay. Heflooded urban America with that poison. South Central Los Angeles was one of its targeteddestinations. South Central is the heart of Maxine’s district.“Former President George Bush, while serving as vice president in the Ronald Reaganadministration in 1981-89, presided over a Nicaraguan Contra cabal that was responsible forflooding the streets of Los Angeles’ South Central district with crack cocaine and fueling amurderous cycle of gang violence,” wrote Jeffrey Steinberg in the Sept. 13, 1996, issue of Executive Intelligence Review. This is the most important conclusion to be drawn from “Dark Alliance,” a series of articles by Gary Webb published in the San Jose Mercury News on Aug.18-20, 1996, and later as a book.Maxine Waters was concerned about this high-level drug business. She invited Gary Webb toWashington to testify. I arranged for his airline ticket. Gary was ignored by the committeeinvestigating the issue, a committee headed by Porter Goss.
 
“Mercury reporter Gary Webb provided a detailed account of how the Nicaraguan DemocraticForces (FDN, the Contras) financed their 1980s war against the Sandinista regime in Managua,through a cocaine pipeline that went from Colombia, to the San Francisco Bay Area, to thestreets of Los Angeles, placing crack cocaine and guns into the hands of the Crips and theBloods,” Steinberg continues. For this piece of work, Gary was fired from the paper.Porter Goss, who now heads the Office of Congressional Ethics that charged CongresswomanMaxine Waters with ethics violations, chaired the House Intelligence Committee’s March 16,1998, hearing on CIA involvement in drug trafficking. Here he smirks as he listens to Waters’testimony (recorded in four videos below). During the hearing, CIA Inspector General Fred Hitztestified that the CIA failed to “cut off relationships with individuals supporting the Contraprogram who were alleged to have engaged in drug trafficking.” Waters pressed Goss tocontinue the investigation, emphasizing that only Congress had the necessary subpoena power –not the CIA, the Justice Department nor the White House. "I believe the dramatic newdevelopments in this ongoing scandal make it imperative that the House Intelligence Committeehold full public hearings to be able to fully and adequately complete its investigation," wroteWaters. Finally in May 1999 Goss held another hearing, but it was closed and secret and Waterswas not even allowed to attend. – Video frame: CitizenInvestigatorAll the time that this crack epidemic was being unleashed by the Contras, Vice President Bushwas the man in charge of the Reagan administration’s Central America drug trading program,overseeing all of the activities of the CIA, the Pentagon and every other government intelligenceagency. “Some of Bush’s most immediate subordinates,” Steinberg reported, “including hisNational Security Adviser Donald Gregg, National Security Council staffer Lt. Col. OliverNorth, and ‘ex’-CIA officer Felix Rodriguez, were major players in the day-to-day cocaine-Contra operations.“As the result of wide public exposure of the San Jose Mercury charges, U.S. Sen. BarbaraBoxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) called for a full federal investigation of theContra-crack connections. Sen. Boxer, on Aug. 28, wrote to CIA head John Deutch, asking himto investigate the Mercury allegations, which emphasized the role of the CIA in directing theFDN. On Sept. 4, Deutch wrote Boxer that he had ordered the Agency’s Inspector General to
 
conduct an internal review of the allegations and report back to him within 60 days.” No suchreport was ever seen.In 2004, Gary Webb was found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head, which the coroner’soffice called a suicide.Prior to the Mercury series, there was massive evidence that the Reagan-Bush-North Contraapparatus was involved in flooding the United States with cocaine, through Mena, Arkansas, andother locations. Repeated efforts by Maxine Waters and honest agents of the Drug EnforcementAdministration and other law enforcement agencies to investigate were systematicallysuppressed by Porter Goss for “national security” reasons. Maxine appeared before the Gosscommittee many times in her effort to unmask the drug kingpins that were in the U.S.government and the major banks of the United States.Porter Goss, now a non-member of the United States Congress, is co-chair of the ethicscommittee investigating Maxine Waters. If Mr. Goss is as successful in investigating her as hewas in covering up the drug misdeeds of two presidents, Maxine is in deep doo-doo.Maxine is the go to person for Black and Brown people who seek economic justice. The NationalBankers Association went to her for access. She arranged the access. She had no authority in thedecisions made by the government. She had no control over the claims made by the bankers. Shehad made disclosures about her interest on several public occasions in the required venues.
 Joseph Debro is president of Bay Area Black Builders, co-founder of the National Association of  Minority Contractors, a general engineering contractor and a bio-chemical engineer. He can bereached at transbay@netzero.com.
 
Rep. Waters speaks out on current ethics charges
Congresswoman Maxine Waters was the guest for a 39-minute interview Aug. 18, 2010, onKPFA’s Letters to Washington, hosted by Mitch Jeserich. They discussed the allegations of ethics rules violations she currently faces and the ethics investigation process.Letters to Washington – August 18, 2010 at 10:00amClick to listenVideosWhen the Nicaraguan Contras began to covertly fund their war against the Sandanistas by sellingdrugs and guns to California street gangs, the Central Intelligence Agency turned a blind eye.While Black neighborhoods were being ravaged by the crack cocaine plague, CIA operatives

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