35 years later, American Made movie tells part of the story of US Drug Policy, the CIA and Barry Seal

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

This past weekend, the Hollywood version of what pilot and drug runner Barry Seal did for the CIA in the 1980s, opened in movie theaters across the country.

If you go see the film, there are some things you should keep in mind, as Hollywood is prone to sensationalize real-life events, especially when Tom Cruise is involved. Before we talk about the role of Barry Seal and his relationship to US government agencies, it is important to point out what the black community has been telling us for years, which was something like, we don’t have the planes and the boats to bring these drugs into the US, this was always done by white people, yet it has had devastating effects in the black community.

Barry Seal was an airplane pilot who started transporting drugs into the US in the mid-1970s. He first began by bringing in marijuana, but that…

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