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The Panama Deception


The Untold Story of the December 1989 U.S. Invasion of Panama

The Panama Deception.

On December 19, 1989, U.S. troops invaded Panama with the stated purpose of ousting the man the media loved to hate, General Manuel Noriega.

Noriega was once a close ally to Washington and was once on the CIA payroll. After 1986, Noriega’s relationship with Washington took a turn for the worse. The Irancontra scandal forced three of his closest U.S. ties to leave the government. U.S. foreign policy quickly shifted against and Noriega went from friend to foe.

During the attack, the U.S. unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped with highly sophisticated weaponry and aircraft against a country with an army smaller than the New York City Police Department.

But the mainstream media failed to uncover the hidden reasons for this internationally condemned attack.

The Panama Deception provides analysis of U.S. relations with Panama and a devastating critique of the mainstream media and its complicity with the official government line.

The documentary uncovers the hidden reasons for the attack and examines how the Bush-Cheney-Powell team used Panama to prepare for the future Iraq invasions.

The Panama Deception documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama; the events which led to it; the excessive force used; the enormity of the death and destruction; and the devastating aftermath. The Panama Deception uncovers the real reasons forthis internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of the invasion which widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S. media and exposes how the U.S. government and the mainstream media suppressed information about this foreign policy disaster.

The Panama Deception includes never before seen footage of the invasion and its aftermath, as well as interviews with both invasion proponents like Gen. Maxwell Thurman, Panamanian President Endara and Pentagon spokesperson Pete Williams, and opponents like U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY.), Panamanian human rights workers Olga Mejia and Isabel Corro and former Panamanian diplomat Humberto Brown. Network news clips and media critics contribute to a staggering analysis of media control and self censorship relevant to any news coverage today, particularly during times of war.

Produced and directed by Barbara Trent, The Panama Deception was banned in Panama but it won an Oscar here in 1992 for Best Documentary as well as numerous other awards.

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The Panama Invasion was also issue of a 2 hour show on June 13, 2003 at Democracy NOW:
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The Panama Deception 

The Panama Deception documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. Invasion of Panama; the events which led to it, the excessive force used, the enormity of the death and destruction, and the devastating aftermath.

The Panama Deception uncovers the real reasons for this internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of the invasion which widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S. media.

The Panama Deception exposes how the U.S. government and the mainstream media suppressed information about this foreign policy disaster.

      

The Panamanian Defense Forces was one of the primary targets of the invasion. The Canal Treaty signed by President Carter and General Torrijos states that in order for the canal to return to Panama in 1999, Panama must have the means to protect it. Following the invasion Panama amended its constitution to abolish the P.D.F. (audio).

After the invasion, Panamanians were horrified to uncover several mass graves. (audio)





Journalists were another target of the invasion, both literally and figuratively. The mainstream U.S. media presented the invasion just the way the Pentagon wanted it - as a mission to capture Manuel Noriega, drug smuggler and dictator. No dissenting views were heard in the U.S. media, nor were international condemnations given much attention. In Panama, independent journalists suffered at the hands of the military. Manuel Becker, pictured left, is a Spanish cameraman (audio).

Michael Parenti,
media critic and author (audio)
Julio Guerra, a Panamanian Journalist (audio)
Was this journalist
executed by U.S. troops? (audio)

The damage caused by the invasion was overwhelming. Eyewitnesses saw U.S. Marines going door to door and burning buildings in the residential neighborhood of El Chorillo.

Click on the image above to download a short MPEG of an aerial view of the devastated neighborhood. You'll need a helper app such as Sparkle in order to view the file. elcho.mpg (490K)

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