Congresswoman rep. maxine wate

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Congresswoman Rep. Maxine Waters "A woman who will simply not go unheard" CIA/Crontras Connection to DrugTrafficking in the US (South Central Los Angeles) Congresswoman Maxine Waters is considered by many to be the most powerful Black woman in American politics today. She has gained a reputation as a fearless and outspoken advocate for women, children, people of color, and poor people. In an interview with Peter Jennings of ABC World News Tonight, Rep. Waters was referred to as "a woman who will simply not go unheard." On the forefront of the many issues that Rep. Waters debates daily, the CIA/Contras involvement in the trafficking of crack cocaine in South Central Los Angeles and other inner cities has been the top of her list. Waters has been speaking out against the CIA/Contras connection and she has made it her duty to demand a full investigation as to whether the CIA was involved or had knowledge of drug trafficking.

Waters became very adamant about this issue after the publication of a series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News from August 10-20, 1996 authored by reporter Gary Webb. Webb documented that the connection between U.S. foreign policy in the 1980s, international ##### traffickers, and crack cocaine's origins in South Central Los Angeles.

This paper will critically examine some of the speeches, press release, letter and other documents by Rep. Maxine Waters in her quest to "…punish those responsible for creating the devastating drug addition sales, gun-running, violence, and death associated with crack cocaine throughout this nation" (press release 9/5/96). Before I perform a critical analysis, I will examine the history of CIA complicity in drug trafficking which has led up to the allegation by Waters and others. I will also examine Waters' ideology. I will then go into...