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Cover Up: Behind the Iran Contra Affair (1988)

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Cover Up: This documentary was covered up, unreported by mainstream media.
17 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

I worked for the Jackson campaign in 1988, when this documentary was shown in only one small theater in the large US city where I live. During that campaign, the press would print any rumor about any candidate, no matter how lacking in credibility the source. This film has testimony from credible sources, and yet no newspaper or columnist here carried a review of it or any reference to it. The two major exposes in "Cover Up" are: 1) the deal between the Republicans and the Iranian government to delay the release of the U.S. hostages until after the elections in 1980, so that Carter would not be re-elected; 2) the CIA involvement in import of drugs to this country. Since 1988, the first point has been covered and confirmed in the mainstream media. The second point was again "revealed" in the press last year, and was immediately met with strong denials; the story was squashed, and pressures applied which succeeded in eliciting a retraction from the newspaper in question,the San Jose Mercury. Meanwhile, the organization that produced and distributed the documentary was put out of business by the federal government. Those of us who know what's up know that this film tells the truth. The black journalist (I can't believe I can't remember his name) who has a Sunday morning show on PBS had a guest who said that the U.S. government was behind not only the import of heroin from Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War, and the import of cocaine from Central America into the present, but has been involved in drug trade since just after World War II. When I speak to African American audiences, I ask, "How many here believe that the government is behind the import of drugs?" the whole audience usually raises their hands.


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