Grassy field in Florida was once secret CIA base from which Guatemalan coup was launched

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3 Responses to “Grassy field in Florida was once secret CIA base from which Guatemalan coup was launched”

  1. Jesse FC says:

    Opa Locka has a long, “proud” history of CIA involvement, including allegedly being the landing point for drug planes at the height of the CIA’s involvement with the Contras in the 1980′s. 

  2. Marko Raos says:

    Bah, conspiracy theorists…

  3. SwivelChair says:

    ” The operation set off a series of catastrophic events that still affect the country today.” -  Guatemala becoming a Soviet “beachhead” was sold as the reason for the intervention, masking the true, and much less supportable reason, that a powerful US company, United Fruit, wasn’t getting its own way.

    The “Soviet” excuse was sold again and again from Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954 and decades beyond. Once the Soviet union crumbled, the same practices continued but new excuses were needed. There are always new excuses.

    In more recent times we have seen likely US involvement in the attempted coup in Venezuela in 2002 and attempts to undermine Morales in Bolivia. Then of course there is Honduras. Military Officers involved in the 2009 coup were trained at the infamous School of the Americas. It’s perhaps no surprise then that the US knew about the coup in advance but certainly underestimated the backlash it would cause.

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