| Michael Ruppert |
(Activist, Writer, Talk show host, Narcotics investigator)
Confronting John Deutch about CIA drug running
Michael Craig Ruppert|
2014-04-13 (Age 63)|
|Founder of||From The Wilderness|
|Victim of||premature death|
Mike C. Ruppert was working for LAPD when he uncovered evidence of the CIA's drug running. After raising the matter, he was threatened with death, survived three assassination attempts and in 1996 publicly confronted Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch about the matter. Ruppert later became a critical observer of US deep politics, writing books and compiling a web-based newsletter, From The Wilderness. Towards the end of his life he became increasingly concerned about the instability of modern society. In 2009, he was the subject of a film, Collapse. In 2014 he was found dead with a gunshot to the head.
Confronting John Deutch
His most famous video moment was on November 15th, 1996, at a town hall meeting at Locke High School in Los Angeles to allay citizen's fears about drug dealing, when he confronted the Director of Central Intelligence John Deutch from the audience. He stood up and said, "I am a former Los Angeles Police narcotics detective. I worked South Central Los Angeles and I can tell you, Director Deutch, emphatically and without equivocation, that the Agency has dealt drugs in this country for a long time." Deutch, visibly shocked by the forthrightness of Mikel Ruppert's denunciation, feigned interest and stuttered out a reply, but although Ruppert submitted documents to the Select Intelligence Committees of both Houses, it remains only a document submitted in advance of testimony and has not been placed in the Congressional Record.
Mike Ruppert became a dissident journalist, and founded From The Wilderness, a newsletter and website dedicated to investigating political cover-ups. His knowledge of criminal investigation has proved very helpful in looking into hidden events such as the US military drills carried out on September 11th. He has published influential books on Peak_Oil and on US Foreign Policy.
In 2009 he produced a film, Collapse which reached a wide audience. Until his death he worked on Collapsenet, a website-based network of people working on self-sufficient communities.
On Deep Politics
"It’s organized crime. All you do is you call the Republicans the Genoveses and you call the Democrats the Gambinos. The people at the top, they treat it like a crap game. It’s their crap game, like they’re making lots of money. Occasionally, somebody at the table shoots each other, but the moment anything threatens their crap game, they all unite to protect it. ... They’re both controlled by the same financial, economic and corporate interests.”