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Thursday, Feb. 08, 2001 at 4:19 PM
Reagan and Bush moral and financial support of the bloody regimes in South America in the '80's that resulted in the torture deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents, and the subsequent cover-up by the press.
I hope that everyone who reads these words do so with the full understanding that the insiders of the Reagan/Bush era at the time these atrocities were committed are many of the same men now sitting in power in Washington.
Very probably they are the ones responsible for the results of the recent 'election' of the new White House Resident.
I urge you all to read the full story and disseminate this information to all you know.
The politicized press will certainly not do so.
An excerpt from the in-depth article on The Consortium News:
"Guatemala, of course, was not the only Central American country where Reagan and his administration supported brutal counterinsurgency operations -- and then sought to cover up the bloody facts.
Reagan's falsification of the historical record was a hallmark of the conflicts in El Salvaodor and Nicaragua as well. In one case, Reagan personally lashed out at an individual human rights investigator named Reed Brody, a New York lawyer who had collected affidavits from more than 100 witnesses to atrocities carried out by the U.S.-supported contras in Nicaragua.
Angered by the revelations about his pet "freedom-fighters," Reagan denounced Brody in a speech on April 15, 1985. The president called Brody "one of dictator [Daniel] Ortega's supporters, a sympathizer who has openly embraced Sandinismo."
Privately, Reagan had a far more accurate understanding of the true nature of the contras. At one point in the contra war, Reagan turned to CIA official Duane Clarridge and demanded that the contras be used to destroy some Soviet-supplied helicopters that had arrived in Nicaragua.
In his memoirs, Clarridge recalled that "President Reagan pulled me aside and asked, 'Dewey, can't you get those vandals of yours to do this job.'" [See Clarridge's A Spy for All Seasons.]
To conceal the truth about the war crimes of Central America, Reagan also authorized a systematic program of distorting information and intimidating American journalists.
Called "public diplomacy," the project was run by a CIA propaganda veteran, Walter Raymond Jr., who was assigned to the National Security Council staff. The explicit goal of the operation was to manage U.S. "perceptions" of the wars in Central America.
The project's key operatives developed propaganda "themes," selected
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