by Mark Zapezauer
1946- U.S. opens School of the Americas in Panama.
Now located in Fort Benning, Georgia, the "School of the
Assassins" has taught over 60,000 personnel from some of the
world's most brutal regimes how to subvert the truth, to
muzzle union leaders, activist clergy, and journalists, and to
make war on their own people.
1951- CIA is involved in a coup to overthrow
nationalist Primeminister Dr. Muhammed Mossadeq in Iran.
Supports Iranian military in massacre of Mossadeq supporters
and returns the Shah to power. In 1976, Amnesty International
concluded that the Shah's CIA-trained security force, SAVAK,
had the worst human rights record on the planet, and that the
number and variety of torture techniques the CIA had taught
SAVAK were "beyond belief." 1951-CIA involved in terror
campaign against democratically elected Jacobo Arbenz in
Guatemala. After Arbenz government is overthrown, CIA backed
regimes murder more than 100,000 Guatemalans over the next 40
1961- CIA recruits 1500 Cuban exiles to invade Cuba
and overthrow the Castro regime. The Pay of Pigs invasion
would be a disaster, however the CIA would continue with more
than two dozen attempts to kill Castro.
1963- The CIA have South Vietnemese president Ngo
Dinh Diem overthrown and assasinated for supporting
negotiations with the north. After 20 years of covert war the
U.S. turns to direct military invasion, in a war that costs
tens of thousands of Vietnemese, Cambodian and U.S. lives
1963- CIA recruits Iraqi Baath Party (including a
young Saddam Hussein) to assasinate the new leader,
Abdul-Karim Kassem. After the coup, the CIA gave the Baath a
long list of communists and others to liquidate. During the
1980s the CIA would go on to help provide weapons to both Iraq
and Iran in a war that would kill over one million people.
1965- CIA provokes a coup that leads to the
overthrow of Indonesian leader Sukarno, who is replaced by
General Suharto. In the follow ing weeks between 500,000 and
one million people are murdered by death squads using lists
provided by US State Department.
1973- After interfering in Chilean elections in 1958
and 1964, the CIA begins a campaign of sabotage and terror
after leftist Salvadore Allende is elected president in 1970.
In 1973, a CIA supported coup overthrew and assassinated
Allende and installed fascist General Pinochet, resulting in
thousands of murders over the next two decades. This year in
France, former U.S. secretary of state, Henry Kissinger was
served a (mostly symbolic) warrant for arrest as a war
criminal for his role in the coup.
1979- After Nicaraguan dictator Samosa is overthrown
in 1979, the CIA helps to train Samosa's National Guard into
death squads known as the Contras. The Contras are used to
terrorize rural Nicaragua while the US military blockades
Nicaragua's harbors with mines. In 1989, after 10,000 deaths,
the US is successful in ousting the Sandanista government.
1989- US invades Panama to overthrow and "arrest"
Manuel Noriega, who has been on the CIA payroll since 1966 and
supported through decades of drug running, political
assassination and corrupt elections. After the invasion, which
included the fire bombing of an entire urban ghetto, human
rights observers uncover mass graves and estimate that over
4,000 died during the invasion.
1991- US and allies (mostly Britain) invade Iraq
after U.S./CIA supported Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait.
200,000 Iraqis are killed, including over 400 civilians killed
by two U.S. missiles in the Al-Amerya air shelter. Over the
next 10 years another 400 tons of explosives will be dropped
on Iraq killing another 300 civilians, and hundreds of
thousands more starved through U.S. imposed sanctions. The
U.S. forces Saudi Arabia to allow thousands of U.S. military
to remain indefinitely within its boarders.
1998- Al Shifa pharmaceutical plant in Khartoum,
Sudan is bombed without warning by 13 U.S. cruise missiles
killing a janitor. The attack deprives Sudan of desperately
needed medical drugs and potentially killing tens of thousands
of people. The CIA later admits that information linking the
plant to Osama bin Laden was probably "incorrect."
Due limitations of space I have not included the U.S.
support of Israeli acts of terror against Palestinians, the
atomic bombing of 200,000 civilians in Nagasaki and Hiroshima,
the numerous other U.S. invasions south of the Rio Grande, the
invasion of Grenada ,the 19th century war of terror against
U.S. indigenous peoples or the 200 years of slave trade.
Source: The CIAs Greatest Hits by Mark Zapezauer