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The C.I.A.'s Cover Has Been Blown? Just Make Up Something About U.F.O.'s
Memorandum for the record, Oct. 29, 1953:
Station Guatemala has been directed to take the following actions:
Memorandum from C.I.A. headquarters, Nov. 5, 1953:
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.
Telegram from PBSUCCESS headquarters in Florida to C.I.A. headquarters, Jan. 30, 1954:
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.
[[[Comment by David Sadler: How many 'big human interest' stories are we subjected to every day to 'take play away' from the major stories we need to know about and follow to be both informed and responsible citizens in a self-governing nation? Think about it...]]]
Memorandum for the record, March 2, 1954, from Colonel King:
At 1910 on 28 February, I picked [Pseudonym] up in my car at the corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin. We drove for about an hour out River Road and I am certain were not observed. [Pseudonym] expressed his regrets for the compromise of the five paraphrased cables, and in a manner which appeared to be entirely sincere. I asked him how it was possible, with all of the security indoctrination which he had had, plus the great emphasis on secrecy based on all phases of PBSUCCESS, to have done such an unpardonable thing as to leave sensitive papers in a hotel room. He replied that he had no explanation, that it was a stupid, unpardonable thing to do, but that it was an act of thoughtlessness and carelessness. . . . It was agreed that for the next month [Pseudonym] will remain in Chicago. We discussed two general areas where he could bury himself after that date Alaska and the Pacific Northwest . . . He has never been in the Northwest and suggested as a possibility that he get a job until fall as a fire watcher on a mountain top where he would meet very few people.
Memorandum from PBSUCCESS headquarters to C.I.A. station in Guatemala, Apr. 28, 1954:
Consider it highly important to mobilize anti-Communist activities of the Catholic Church dignitaries and of Catholic lay organizations. . . . This could be done, for instance, by describing graphically how the local church would be turned into a meeting hall for the "Fighting Godless," how the reader's children would have to spend their time with the "Red Pioneers," how the pictures of Lenin, Stalin and Malenkov would replace the pictures of the Saints in every home, and the like.
Dispatch from PBSUCCESS headquarters to all PBSUCCESS stations, June 13, 1954:
Rumors, combining fact and fiction, which ought to be circulated, may include the following (not every rumor is applicable to every group of people and to every situation; select from the following suggestions whatever is suitable for given moment and audience):
A group of Soviet commissars, officers and political advisers, led by a member of the Moscow Politbureau, have landed. . . . The government has issued an order devaluating the quetzal at the rate of 1:10. Use your money immediately to buy food and durable goods. . . . In addition to military conscription, the Communists will introduce labor conscription. A decree is already being printed. All boys and girls 16 years old will be called for one year of labor duty in special camps, mainly for political indoctrination and to break the influence of family and church on the young people. . . . Food rationing is about to be introduced. . . . Arbenz has already left the country. His announcements from the National Palace are actually made by a double, provided by Soviet intelligence. . . . An educational reform is being prepared. There will be no longer any religious instruction at state expense, but on the contrary lessons in atheism, Soviet style.
Add rumors of your own, following the day-by-day changes in the situation.
Telegram From C.I.A. headquarters to PBSUCCESS headquarters, June 24, 1954:
We now prepared authorize bombing specific targets in [Guatemala City] area since you and [John E. Puerifoy, the American ambassador to Guatemala] feel this now the most effective move to achieve success. Targets should be selected with a view to having desired effect on army and regime morale with minimum political cost to [the United States].
Telegram from C.I.A. headquarters to PBSUCCESS headquarters, June 30, 1954:
Heartiest congratulations upon outcome developments past forty-eight hours. A great victory has been won.
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