40 ways Metro Times changed Detroit (and beyond) over the past 40 years 

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Give it away... to the CIA?

"The politics of giving," an October 1985 story by writer Russ Bellant, showed how the Detroit-based nonprofit World Medical Relief Inc., which provided supplies to people across the world, had ties to the CIA. Bellant also showed that medical supplies were indeed being collected and flown abroad, but not all of them were going to help the sick and poor, and also documented ties between the group and CIA-led counterinsurgency measures as far back as the late 1950s. According to Williams, Bellant's story elicited an obscenity-laden call from Gen. John Singlaub, a retired Army officer. Not bad!



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