“Fabricate Big Story to Take Play Away” –
This guy tells the story of how they got past the three cop cars waiting for them in the parking lot across the street. “We’d call the police station and report a knife fight in a bar across town, and right away, they would all take off, their lights flashing and sirens wailing, while we got away clean.”
It seems like the CIA had the same idea when their role in the Guatemalan coup in 1954 became public knowledge – create a media diversion – UFOs, Sextuplets….- “to take the play away” from the real political action.
Some say this was the real motive behind the kidnapping of Frank Sinatra Jr. in the days following the assassination of President Kennedy.
The role of the CIA in the 1954 Guatemalan Coup is detailed in some government records released a decade ago and the New York Times reported on them.
In 2003 the State Department released a collection of previously classified documents, one in particular reflects on the CIA’s role in the 1954 Guatemala coup that ousted president Jacobo Arbenz Guzman and replaced him with Col. Carlos Castillo Armas, the CIA operation code named PBSUCCESS.
One memo reads: “At 1500, 18 September 1953, a meeting was held at the office of [Allen W. Dulles, the Director of Central Intelligence] to discuss the present status of PBSUCCESS and to consider future plans for this operation…Cabell [Gen. Charles P. Cabell, the agency’s deputy director] stated that he concurred in approval of the general plan but felt that the budget estimate should be increased to $3,000,000 to provide more adequately for contingencies. Mr. Dulles agreed.”
A week later, Col. J. C. King, chief of the Western Hemisphere division, CIA Directorate of Operations, in a memo outlining tasks for the Guatemalan Chief of Station included collecting data “which could be used for character assassination….,” and “transmit all rumors re Arbenz officials...” and “prepare a weekly ‘psychological barometer’ report on local conditions.”
Among the rumors “combining fact and fiction, which ought to be circulated” included “A group of Soviet commissars…have landed…the government has issued orders to devalue the quetzal,…all boys and girls 16 years old will be called for one year of labor duty in special camps,…food rationing is about to be introduced….Arbenz has already left the country….announcements from the National Palace are actually made by a double, provided by Soviet intelligence….lessons in atheism,…add rumors of your own, following the day-by-day changes in the situation.”
“Paramilitary Action: An initial shipment of approximately 15 tons of arms and ammunition is now ready for shipment from [DELETED} and subsequent transshipment to [Col. Castillo Armes in] Nicaragua…This material is intended for use by [Col. Castillo Armas] in his Nicaraguan training center and to test facilities for clandestine introduction of arms into Guatemala.”
A November 5, 1953 memo from CIA Headquarters notes: “Station was instructed to mail ‘mourning cards’ for 30 successive days to Arbenz and top Communist leaders. Cards were to mourn the purge or execution of various Communists in the world and to hint forthcoming doom to recipients.”
A Telegram from PBSUCCESS HQ in Florida to CIA HQ on January 30, 1954 specifically ordered the fabrication of sensational news stories in order to serve as a media distraction “to take play away” from the coup.
“White Paper [issued by the Guatemalan government] has effectively exposed certain aspects of PBSUCCESS….If possible, fabricate big human interest story, like flying saucers, birth sextuplets in remote area to take play away.”
From: New York Times, July 06, 2003, By Stephen Kinzer.
Word for Word/Coup Control; The CIA’s Cover Has Been Blown? Just Make Up Something About UFO’s.