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The Death of Gary Webb

Is the government sending us a message?

"Tyranny inspires awe and terror precisely because it ALLIES ITSELF WITH DEATH. The spectacle of the scaffold and its terror are its distinguishing marks. Knowing that the tyrant does not shrink from atrocities strikes fear into the hears of his subjects."

- Foucault
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THE DEATH OF GARY WEBB
[Is the government sending us a message?]
Special Article
January 4, 2005
by: S.R. Shearer

"Tyranny inspires awe and terror precisely because it ALLIES ITSELF WITH DEATH. The spectacle of the scaffold and its terror are its distinguishing marks. Knowing that the tyrant does not shrink from atrocities strikes fear into the hears of his subjects."

- Foucault
INTRODUCTION

On December 10, 2004 former investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News Gary Webb - who had been on the CIA's "black list" ever since he broke the story of the agency's VILE involvement in flooding the poor black neighborhoods of L.A. with cocaine in the early 1980s - was found dead in his Sacramento area home, an apparent suicide according to the coroner. There was a gunshot wound through his head. No! - make that TWO (possibly three) gunshot wounds, apparently from his father's old .38 caliber revolver. [Please see our articles, "The Drug Epidemic, Viruses, Ebola, and AIDS" and "Material Developed by Gary Webb on the Importation of Drugs into the Neighborhoods of the Poor" for a "run-down" or synopsis on Webb's article, "Dark Alliance;" please also see our story as to why the elites (and the CIA) targeted the poor black neighborhoods of the country in this fashion, "The Utility of Police Brutality in the Elite's War Against the Poor;" finally, we urge you to read our article on the CIA's obscene involvement in the drug trade entitled, "A Short History of the CIA's Involvement in the Drug Trade."]

AMAZING! Absolutely AMAZING - two (or three) gun shot wounds in Webb's head? A suicide? Wow! - what did Webb do? Put a second (and possibly a third) round through his head after he was dead from the first one, just to make sure that he was - in fact - dead? That's what the Sacramento County Coroner's Office and the Sacramento Bee Newspaper - in addition to Michael Ruppert - think. For example, Ruppert writes:

"Gary's suicide was accomplished with two gunshot wounds to the head. In death Gary proved to be as determined and single-minded as he had been in life ... Here are the facts: Gary Webb fired two shots from a .38 caliber revolver into his own head. (A suicide) ... open and shut." [Some kind of "determination!" some kind of "single-mindedness!" - Antipas editor.]

Ruppert - after describing a .38 caliber revolver as a "relatively weak handgun" (which it is NOT, as anyone who has ever had any experience with one should know) - goes on to elaborate (really "pontificate") on the "ins and outs" of suicides, citing his experience as a former L.A. cop. His explanation is that the first shot (which entered Webb's head just behind and above his right ear) missed the brain, and blew out Webb's lower left jaw and the left side of his face. Ruppert then says that Webb still had the "presence of mind" - after half his face had been blown away - to shoot himself a second time through the brain, killing himself (Ruppert leaves unexplained how he might have gotten off the third round).

But come on now, Ruppert's tortured explanation as to what happened is - on the face of it - nonsensical. The angle is too extreme! Go ahead, try it yourself; get a ruler, measure out 8 to 12 inches (to allow for the length of the revolver, put the "gun" (so to speak) above and behind your right ear, and at an angle that would allow the shot to pass through your lower left jaw, and then ask yourself, is that really possible? Surely Webb, again, whom Ruppert describes as a "determined and single-minded person" bent on suicide, would have known that that difficult-to-achieve and extremely contorted shot would not kill him - although the shock of the round would most likely have rendered him senseless.

There are alternative explanations, of course. One of them is that the second (and possibly the third) round can be accounted for as a "reflexive response." But that explanation would make sense only to someone who has never fired a .38, as I did on many occasions when I was attached to the 515th Counter Intelligence Group out of San Francisco in the early 1970s. The fact is, the trigger on a .38 is NOT that easy to pull back on (especially a trigger on an older .38), and since each discharged round requires a separate and distinct pull on the trigger, one is left perplexed as to how Webb might have gotten off his second (and possibly his third) round as a "reflexive response." And more than that, the recoil from the first shot would have knocked the barrel of the gun up and away from Webb's head; there would have been no second (or third) head wound; a shot into the ceiling of the house - maybe; possibly another one into the wall, but nothing more.

The fact is, none of the explanations offered by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office, the Sacramento Bee, or Michael Ruppert makes any sense. The most reasonable explanation - though the one no one wants to admit it - is that Webb was assassinated by someone standing over and behind him.

But Ruppert (and the Bee as well as the coroner) will have none of that, and to bolster his rather farcical story, Ruppert attacks the reporting of Alex Jones and John Hankey, both of whom claim that Webb was "hit" by the CIA. Ruppert writes:

"Jones has a large syndicated ... radio show for which he claims a listening audience of millions ... Jones conducted separate radio interviews with a former 'business partner' of convicted drug dealer Ricky Ross and a second guest, retired DEA Agent, Celerino Castillo. Later Jones injected second-hand source comments from an alleged documentary film maker which were attributed to Ross. ROSS' LIFE AND HIS SELLING OF LITERALLY TONS OF COCAINE IN LOS ANGELES HAD BEEN WEBB'S ENTREE INTO THE DARK WORLD OF COVERT OPERATIONS. Castillo apparently had no idea his remarks were being aired in context with these statements ... made by a drug dealer (i.e., Ricky Ross) ... Since no other sources are named - no family, no colleagues, no one who had spoken to Webb personally - then Jones' 'credible' sources who are two of the largest drug dealers in West Coast history, one of whom (Ross) has spent almost two decades in prison ... HEY ALEX, DRUG DEALERS LIE!"

Rupert continues, quoting Alex Jones:

"Credible sources who were close to Gary Webb have stated that he was receiving death threats, being regularly followed, and that he was concerned about strange individuals who were seen on multiple occasions breaking into and leaving his house before his suicide ...

"Ricky Ross, one of Gary Webb's primary sources ... had spoken to Gary in the days before his death. Gary told Ricky that he had seen men scaling down the pipes outside his home and that they were obviously not burglars, but 'government people'. Gary also told Ricky that he had been receiving death threats and was being regularly followed. It was also mentioned that Gary was working on a new story concerning the CIA and drug trafficking."

However, Ruppert discounts all this; he claims that nothing that Ricky Ross says can be relied upon. But that's strange - it was Ross who essentially gave Webb entree (as Ruppert puts it) into what was going on in Los Angeles regarding the CIA's involvement in the drug trade there, and it was precisely this story that Ruppert rode to fame - essentially piggy-backing off Webb to do so. How is it that Ross is credible insofar as what he had to say to Webb about the CIA's involvement with the drug trade in L.A. (which was later certified to be true by the CIA's own Inspector General), and not credible when he gives evidence as to what Webb had to say about a CIA "contract" that had been put out on him? Ruppert can't have it both ways.

Ruppert is nothing more than a silly ass who has been trying to parlay his experience as a DUMB L.A. cop into a writing career. He implies that he has experience in "covert intelligence operations" - but, in fact, he has none. He was just a DUMB cop. Nothing more! Moreover, Ruppert is a follower of George Soros, which should give anyone pause as to Ruppert's credibility.

Ruppert slavishly repeats Soros's ridiculous world-view everywhere he goes; indeed, it wouldn't be "too much" to describe Ruppert as a "MOUTHPIECE" for Soros. As for Soros, he is a man who plays both sides against the middle, a person who has over the years taken untold amounts of money from the CIA, and who pushes incessantly for the legalization of hard drugs all over the world. Anything that Soros says should be discounted as nothing more than CIA "disinformation."

Soros's operations - which include the Center of American Progress (a think tank for elite Democrats modeled on the Heritage Foundation); Americans Coming Together (a voter mobilization funding mechanism); and Moveon.com (an Internet gathering place for pseudo-radicals) - are, like the Democratic Leadership Council which spawned them, a clever means to "cut out" real radicals from the market place of ideas.

Soros has been using his ill-gotten billions to cast himself as the "savior of the Western World," claiming to be in a fight to stop the expansion of George Bush's American New World Order System; but what he has really been doing is buying up the Democratic Party and turning it into a toothless tool of the "Billionaires Club" which postures as an "anti-Empire" party, but which in reality is nothing more than a mechanism designed to render impotent those radicals who truly oppose the Empire by denying them any institutional support for their activities. And it's not just that: The fact is, Soros shares an intimacy with many proponents of the American New World Order System which is simply inexplicable given his ostensible opposition to George Bush. For example, take Soros's close friendship with George Schultz, who - as the "godfather" of Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle and the one who did so much to launch Bush's bid for the presidency in 1999 - should be at the very forefront of Soros's "enemies list." Very strange. Very strange, indeed. [Please see our article, "George Bush, the Promise Keepers, and the Principles of Messianic Leadership."]

One cannot help but wonder what kind of a "game" Soros is up to, and why - whenever Bush "the younger" gets into financial trouble - there's Soros to "bail" him out the way he did when he rescued Bush's failing Spectrum 7 oil firm in 1985. No! - there's more to Soros than meets the eye, and - as a result - there is probably a lot more to Ruppert's opposition to the idea that Webb was "hit" by the CIA. As I have said so many times before, in today's America, up is down, black is white, and right is left. As for me, I wouldn't believe a thing that Ruppert has to say, if only because of his seeming devotion to the ideas that Soros is propagating throughout the world.

Nonetheless, what I say doesn't amount to much in the elite world that is pushing the story that Webb committed suicide. But still, the suicide theory is such a farce! - and it gives one an idea of just how stupid the elites think ordinary people are: Clods that - as Edward Bernays puts it - must be "MANIPULATED" by lies. The fact is, the story of Webb's suicide as concocted by the Sacramento Coroner's Office, the Sacramento Bee and Michael Ruppert is such an apparent sham that one would feel that on the face of it, it must be rejected. Notwithstanding, in a statement released to the press, the coroner has pressed exactly this ABSURDITY on the public, asking them to suspend "common sense" and believe that it's possible for a dead man to kill himself twice over. The coroner says:

"The cause of death was determined to be self-inflicted gunshot woundS to the head ... The investigation is continuing and will take an estimated additional six to eight weeks to complete."

I'll bet the so-called "investigation" is going to continue! - it's going to take at least that long for the government to get all its "ducks in a row," and get everyone's story to "line up."

Still, there are protesters (and not just Jones and Hankey); in fact, the Bee says it has received what it describes as a "... barrage of (outraged) calls." However, the Bee is sticking to its story and dismissing the callers as a bunch of "kooks" and "conspiracy nuts" - but, then, that's "standing operating procedure" for the government and its toady press in today's world - an attempt to shame people into silence insofar as the obvious is concerned!

The coroner claims that a hand-written note by Webb was found at the scene "indicating" an "intention" to take his life - although we are left clueless as to what the coroner means by the words "indicating" and "intention." These are, of course, favorite government "fudge" words.

Some who don't know that much about how either the CIA or the FBI work might protest that Webb's murder couldn't possibly have been a "government job" because it was too messy, too untidy. But these kinds of "hits" are meant to be slipshod and somewhat cluttered (as it were). The elites are sending a message to those who would dare follow Webb and people like him down the dark, ill-lit corridor of the country's secrets to peek through that mysterious door at the end of the hallway. The message is, Beware of what you see - the same thing that happened to Webb can happen to you. If the "suicide" story is airtight, the message could not be sent; there has to be enough doubt for the message to get through to those who are intended to hear it.

Foucault was right! - "Tyranny inspires awe and terror precisely because it ALLIES ITSELF WITH DEATH." The fear of a midnight knock on the door, the disappearance of a friend or a co-worker who had challenged the government, an unexplained death that one thinks might be an assassination, but can't prove it - all this strikes TERROR and HORROR into people. The very real fact of the matter is, "Knowing that the ... (government) does not shrink from atrocities strikes FEAR into the hearts of the people." [Please see our article for a description of just how the CIA operates when it thinks no one is looking, "The Horror of John Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Represents."]

That's where we are today insofar as the American government is concerned. The elites are conveying a message; maybe the public doesn't "get it" (largely because they choose to ignore it), but those who oppose the government understand perfectly the message that is being conveyed, AND THAT'S ALL THAT COUNTS insofar as the elites are concerned!

Believe me when I tell you that there are going to be an increasing number of other such "messages" being sent in the coming years. Then we will see how many Christians are out in the streets protesting what's happening, and calling a spade a spade - after all, bravery is attributed to DOERS of the Word, not HEARERS only. That's what the Bible says:

"... be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, DECEIVING YOUR OWN SELVES." (James 1:22)

So far I don't see many Christian "doers" in Babylon who are out in the streets protesting what the elites are up to and picketing churches that have linked themselves up with the American New World Order System. My detractors say they're there, but I don't see them - and my critics are certainly not out "in the streets of that Great City" protesting themselves. So far, there is only silence; and if there is any activity at all, it's the kind of "activity" that can be engaged in behind the relative anonymity of a computer screen.

The only real protests that I can detect are coming from left-wing secularists at the anti-globalist demonstrations that most Christians I know wouldn't be caught "dead" at. Some kind of bravery! Some kind of courage! What phonies my critics are! What a farce they are engaged in! Well did Jesus say of them -

"... they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." (Matt. 15:14)

More next time!

Until then, God bless you,

S.R. Shearer,
Antipas Ministries

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Thanks for posting 31.Jan.2005 09:19

stop CIA assassinations

Gary Webb was the victim of a carefully staged assassination. Ruppert is a shill for the CIA. Wellstone was an assassination, too. Oh I know it was bad weather(Wellstone death) blah blah blah...
Danny Casalaro was a suicide, too! And lets not forget Hatfield. And we have a FREE PRESS and America is a great Democracy. And elections are real. Webb was working on a new book and he was going to name more names and expose CIA drug traffiking beyond the crack-cocaine Contra op.

was webb about to expose the israeli hand in the global drug trade? 31.Jan.2005 10:29

mo albasrah.net

a report surfaced shortly after webb's death stating that he had been working on israeli control of the south american drug trade


Webb's Suicide - Conspriacy Mongers Debunked 31.Jan.2005 10:36

z

of course, 'Mo' would like to blame it all on the Jews - not surprising

read this for a balanced view of his suicide:
Gary Webb, Investigative Journalist Dead: 'gunshot wounds to the head'
 http://www.indymedia.ie/newswire.php...

I think the Israeli connection is speculation 31.Jan.2005 10:49

but there's more evidence of a book

The evidence is mounting that Webb was working on a book. Last piece I read verified in Gary Webb's OWN words that he was working on a new book. This is new stuff and hasn't been posted at Indymedia. Unfortunately many choose to believe the hysterical innuedo about Webb's CONFIRNED suicide. Well let them! But there never was an independent investigation and Suicide was proclaimed on a very low standard. I ask you how could anyone believe Webb was a suicide BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT? Plenty!?

Conspiracy Theory #1: Webb was a confirmed suicide 31.Jan.2005 11:16

Bush won the election or your a conspiracy nutter...right?

What nonsence posting a link to the government sanctioned spin/lies re: Webb's so called suicide. And I suppose Bush won the election fair and square! Maybe I should include a link to those balanced reports...eh? I THINK WE ALL KNOW THE OFFICIAL VERDICT ON WEBB'S DEATH! THANKS BUT NO THANKS! Fact is Webb wasn't proved to be a suicide or am I suppose to BELIEVE that it is a PROVEN beyond a shadow of a doubt suicide???? LOL

yawn! 31.Jan.2005 11:35

Ridiculed stage

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

Arthur Schopenhauer

CIA loves people who expose their drug dealing 31.Jan.2005 11:51

Listen-up

Yep we are definately at the ridicule stage re: Webb's death. Anyone who claims Webb was "offed" is severely ridiculed or character assassinated. Our government would never assasinate an investigative reporter who exposed their drug running once and them was poised to do it again...now would they???

this whole in the head thing 31.Jan.2005 22:31

dude

Is shooting yourself in the head behind and above the right ear. Is that the first point of such consideration that comes to suicide.

As a researcher do you suppose Gary would have googled up the best way to point that gun? Yahoo search-"suicide by gun shot to the head":

Perhaps he asked Vince Foster who died of a gun shot to the head. Mr Webb having the family gun about is evidece to consider unless he was already in posession of it for sometime. Guns have been kept for self defense.

I googled "suicide by gunshot to the head" with better result. This search is quit grim  http://www.suicidemethods.net/pix/listpix.htm. The following drawing is the most indicative for it give a distribution of locations in suicides:  http://www.suicidemethods.net/pix/gun5.htm

This gives a very low frequency for the back of the ear shots. My point is that Gary selected a low probable location. Also statistical evidence gives clever folk a low probability for suicide. This maybe a reasonably ambiguous execution shot

Next note this was a multiple shots which is rare as well. Well as you can see the accumatation of small likelyhoods result very low probabilty. Not conclusive, but alternative senarios become more meaningful.

webb head? 01.Feb.2005 21:20

karl roenfanz ( rosey ) k_rosey48@hotmail.com

have had experience with things that go bang. lets see first a shot that blows off jaw , possible, but next a nerve twitch to send a second shot into the brain, not with any revolver i know of. maybe a semi-aotu. but then a third shot? ha! trigger pul on any double action revolver is to stiff for the second shot. and a single action you HAVE to cock the hammer EVERY time.

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unfortionately, it was suicide... 03.Feb.2005 21:05

not a conspiracy

after having read a few articles in various sources of news, it was a suicide. the conspiracy was that the CIA drove him into depression by discrediting his good investigative journalism. there wasn't any hit on him, he just wanted to leave this life and move on.

On Friday, December 10, Webb was found dead in his Carmichael home. The Sacramento County coroner found no sign of forced entry or struggle, and soon, hand-signed letters from Webb to family members arrived by mail. The coroner's office concluded that Webb had committed suicide--though that conclusion has troubled fans and admirers. Internet debate continues, but during a well-attended and emotional memorial held on the Saturday before Christmas, colleagues, friends and family preferred to concentrate on how Webb lived rather than on how he died.

At Sacramento's Doubletree Hotel, approximately 250 people had filled a downstairs conference room by 2 p.m. They filed past photo collages: Webb outdoors with his children or seated on his red, white and blue motorcycle--or brooding and powerful in an image from Esquire magazine. On a table near the door, among a variety of journalism awards, was the Pulitzer that Webb received as part of a team of reporters covering the Loma Prieta earthquake for the San Jose Mercury News.


In the last couple of months, she said, he'd seemed better and was spending more time with his children. At the same time, he purchased cremation services and put his bank account in Bell's name.

Although the original media reports of multiple gunshot wounds were confusing, the coroner's public-information officer, Ed Smith, since has explained that a single shot is not always fatal. Since 1995, said Smith, Sacramento County has had 13 such suicides.


Unfortunately it was an assassination 03.Feb.2005 21:46

NO SALE

"The fact is, none of the explanations offered by the Sacramento County Coroner's Office, the Sacramento Bee, or Michael Ruppert makes any sense. The most reasonable explanation - though no one wants to admit it - is that Webb was assassinated by someone standing over and behind him." Everyone is free to BELIEVE Webb's death was a suicide, but that doesn't make it the truth. Webb's merorial and what the PEOPLE their believe DOESN"T PROVE BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT that Webb's death was a suicide. Nor does Ruppert's rant. There should have been a full and INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION to RULE OUT foul play PERIOD! Coroner Lyons declared: "A suicide is possible." That's not good enoguh for me. If it is for you and ALL the people at the memorial so be it. NO SALE!

Gary Webb and Oracle 04.Feb.2005 21:45

investigator

I would investigate Oracle Corp. Here's what I found out:

In one interesting coincidence, the day Gary Webb died, Dec. 13, 2004, was the same day Oracle Corp. announced its takeover of PeopleSoft, a $10.3 Billion merger that ended a hostile takeover lasting 18 months and noted as hostile.
 http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/041213/sfm087_1.html

This merger is said to shake up the business software industry. From China Daily:
"Oracle is already the world's largest supplier of databases a position it hopes to strengthen by getting PeopleSoft's customers to spurn rival products from Microsoft Inc., IBM Corp. and Sybase Inc. in favor of Oracle's wares."

"After completing the takeover next month, Oracle expects the PeopleSoft acquisition to boost its earnings by about $400 million, or 8 cents per share, in the fiscal year ending in May 2006."

"This is a coup for Oracle," AMR Research analyst Jim Shepherd said. "While there were other acquisitions that interested them, none could do for them what this will do."

"Oracle eventually hopes to buy other tech companies, but won't consider any other large acquisitions until PeopleSoft is fully digested, Ellison said."
 http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-12/14/content_399969.htm

This merger is expected to create layoffs that will affect thousands of employees.
 http://www.itworld.com/Man/3919/050112oraclelayoff/

Gary Webb's connection? In all the obitituaries, they announced that Webb worked on the California legislature's Joint Legislative Audit Committee, which in 2001 investigated the Davis administration over the failed $95 million, no-bid Oracle Corp. software contract.

This contract would have provided software for the state, which most departments did not want or need, and covered 30,000 more users than the state has employees.  http://eastbay.bizjournals.com/eastbay/stories/2002/04/29/daily69.html
A week after this contract Arun Baheti, Davis' top aide for technology, took a $25,000 check for Davis campaign from an Oracle lobbyist. Baheti subsequently resigned, and the check was returned, amid allegations of document shredding.  http://in.tech.yahoo.com/020503/64/1n6od.html
 http://news.com.com/Calif.+governor+to+return+Oracle+money/2100-1017_3-909375.html
and the Department of Information Technology, which approved the contract, was dissolved.  http://www.washingtontechnology.com/news/17_10/state/18769-1.html

On Oracle Corp. website, it says that they have "over 30 years of experience working with the highest levels of government on national security issues." -  http://www.oracle.com/industries/homeland/index.html

From all this, I think we need to dig more into Oracle's role in Webb's death, and see what he investigated on them.

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