Author Topic: Lee Harvey Oswald's Cold War By Greg Parker [Kindle Edition]  (Read 3206 times)

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Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Assassination by CIA
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2014, 05:05:29 am »
I have this Greg Parker book on two Kindles and reached his  statement:

Herein is an examination of what was one of the rirst (if not the first) assassinations carried out by the CIA.  The target was the leader of the Liberal Party in Bolivia, Jorge Gaitán.  The time and place; Bogotá, 1948.  It is an assassination too long ignored insofar as it provides a precedent case for the later assassinations of the Kennedy brothers.

as I was on or about page 90 of Stephen Kinzer, Brothers:

On April 9, 1948, while Secretary of State Marshall was attending the Ninth Inter-American Conference in Bogotá, Colombia, one of Colombia's most popular politicians was assassinated, setting off riots in which thousands died.  Historians have unanimously understood this episode, known as the Bogotazo, as part of an intensifying civil war that shook Colombia for decades.  In Washington, though, it was seen as a Mosow-inspired effort to challenge the United States by destabilizing Latin America.  Outraged politicians and editorial writers demanded to know why there had been no warning.  In the fearful climate of that era, few in Washington could imagine that the Bogotazo stemmed entirely from conflicts within Colombia.  They assumed it was part of a plot hatched in the Kremlin.

What Greg Parker says is a CIA assassination is not presented as such by Kinzer, though Kinzer gives the full story of Allen's excitement during OSS times and deflation during post-war peace pre-CIA.

As Parker's analysis is very keen and illuminating, Kinzer's deep background provides the context, and demonstrates the Dulles world and the Kennedy threat to it.  (Was it a CIA assassination?  If so, it was done with perfect deniability.)

Foster's motive for altering the world for American security was anti-Communism, while Allen's was equal measure covert for its own sake, and to provide the action complement to Foster's rhetorical stage dressing.

In Kinzer, April 4, 1953, Allen begins MKULTRA based on a proposal from Richard Helms.  This during a period Allen creates the networks known as Gladio.

Certainly Calder in JFK vs. CIA blames Helms for the JFK hit (chief facilitator we would say)--now, who carries on the work?

The mighty Wurlitzer survives.

Enjoyed Calder; enjoying Parker and Kinzer.  Recommend all three.

Foster and Allen and Richard--oh my.
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