The U.S. Invasion of Panama : The Truth Behind Operation Just Cause , by Jane Franklin

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The U.S. Invasion of Panama : The Truth Behind Operation Just Cause ,
by Jane Franklin (paperback, 133 pages)
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          In 1989, President George Bush was already unhappy with General Manuel Noriega because Noriega was channeling cocaine from Colombia, through Panama, to the U.S.

          Kurt Muse , a U.S. citizen living in Panama, actively opposed Noriega's government, e.g., broadcasting anti - Noriega messages on an underground radio station. Panamanian authorities identified Muse , and the government found a radio transmitter in his apartment. He was arrested, interrogated, threatened with death, and detained in prison. Muse wrote a letter to President Bush. A prison doctor smuggled the letter out of the prison and saw that it got to the addressee. Bush decided to rescue Muse . The code name for the rescue mission was Operation Just Cause . With the U.S. invasion of Panama the U.S. government made its first public admission of the existence of the F-117 , i.e., the Stealth bomber.

          John Mallett was the CIA official who administered CIA operations in Panama. CIA interviews with contacts and satellite surveillance were used to determine the layout of the prison. On December 20, 1989, U.S. troops flew into Panama at midnight. Helicopters landed on the roof of the prison. By means of a six-minute assault, Kurt Muse was rescued.

          Anyway, that's the official story.

          What the story leaves out is the flood of reports from eyewitnesses and journalists that, during the assault, U.S. troops killed and wounded thousands of Panamanian citizens, most of them civilians. Neighborhoods of homes were bombed and burned. People fleeing from their crumbling and burning houses and apartments were shot in the streets by machine guns. The network six o'clock news didn't tell us about that.

          So what really happened? You may make up your own mind.

          Manuel Noriega was brought to the U.S., tried, and given a 40 year prison sentence.

          On December 8, 1992, Federal District Judge William Hoeveler ruled that Noriega would be classified as a prisoner of war, but that his sentence would be served in a civilian prison in Miama, Florida, rather than a military prison. Provisions would be made to satisfy the Geneva Convention standards for POWs. Prosecutors had previously requested that Noriega be sent to the maximum security prison in Marion, Illinois, with 23 hours per day in solitary confinement.

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