Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #18)
Mon Mar 19, 2012, 03:17 AM
Judi Lynn (109,373 posts)
27. Who hasn't even accidently learned of the covert "shadow" operations run by the U.S. for ages?
From a quick search, a review of a book I just saw:
Prelude to Terror: the Rogue CIA, The Legacy of America's Private Intelligence Network the Compromising of American Intelligence (Hardcover)
President Truman created the CIA in July, 1947, and, as early as April, 1948, the Agency perpetrated its first act of treason against the American and Latin American peoples, when it planned and executed a psychological warfare operation in Bogota, Colombia, where the 9th International Conference of Latin American States was taking place. The operation, now known as the Bogotazo, began with the assassination of Colombian leader Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, which triggered violent riots that destroyed the city. Next day, U.S. Secretary of State George Marshall, who was chairing the Conference, blamed the Communists for the events. The scared delegates, who, previously to the riots, have been reluctant to follow their master's voice, quickly jumped through the ring of fire, and unanimously approved the creation of the Organization of American States and condemned Soviet communism. This event marked the beginning of the Cold War in the Western Hemisphere.http://www.amazon.com/Prelude-Terror-Americas-Intelligence-Compromising/product-reviews/0786714646
From a book I'm currently reading:
A watershed in Colombian history known as La Violencia (1948-1958) erupted when the oligarchy split along political, ideological, and regional lines in their struggle against the landless workers and peasantry. From the late 1940's, this power struggle within the Colombian ruling class determined the fate of Colombian politics. Old rivalries between the two major political parties ini parliament, the Liberals and Conservatives, were consolidated. Amid the parliamentary infighting, a Liberal presidential candidate, Jorge Eliecer Gaitan, made a populist appeal against the oligarchy, piting the "real country" against the "political country." Gaitan souoght the support of the shopkeepers and professionals of the petite bourgeoisie, as well as the landless workers and peasantry. For the oligarchy, populism in any form was tantamount to communist subversion and was seen as a direct threat to their class inolombiaterests. This nationalist expression was demonstsrated through conflict between industrialists and unions. It reached a climax when Gaitan was gunned down in Bogota on April 9, 1948. His assassination was the first covert action by the CIA in Colombia and spurred a major uprising called the Bogotazo.
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