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Cockburn, Alexander and St. Clair, Jeffrey (1998) Whiteout: the CIA, drugs and the press. London: Verso .

Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair excavate the CIA's 50-year-long intimacy with criminal organizations and drug trafficking. They describe how midwives around the infant Agency's cradle in 1947 included Nazi doctors fresh from Dachau, Sicilian gangsters and Chinese opium traders. Five years later, CIA officers were paying prostitutes in New York and San Francisco to slip LSD and other drugs to their clients while the Agency’s Peeping Toms sat behind one-way mirrors drinking in the scene.

By the late 1960s the CIA’s own secret war in Laos ensured that a steady supply of heroin was entering the veins of US servicemen in Vietnam. In 1979 the Agency started to mount the biggest operation in its history, bolstering the opium lords of Afghanistan, who responded gratefully by escalating their shipments of opium, duly processed into heroin for the US and European markets.

Item Type:Book
Call No:BK4.6, PN4.2
Place of Publication:London
Keywords:cocaine, cocaine powder, crack cocaine, drug trafficking, United States, Nicaragua, Afghanistan
Notes:Includes index, bibliographic references.
Accession Number:HRB 2804 (Available)
Subjects:MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on substance use > Supply reduction policy
VA Geographic area > United States
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Substance use history
B Substances > Cocaine
VA Geographic area > International aspects
N Communication, information and education > Message (portrayal of substance use) > Portrayal of substance use in the media

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