CIA's_Not_So_Invisible_Hand - (HIS-24SP1 Latin America...

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1 (HIS-243154-01-09SP1) Latin America: History, Politics & U.S. Policy Research Paper: CIA's Not So Invisible Hand Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis is credited with stating famously that, “Sunshine is the best disinfectant.” i In 2005, the CIA released a compilation report titled the Family Jewels", which chronicled illegal or inappropriate actions that were enacted over the span of decades, during the1950s to the 1970's. ii Noted award winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh referred to one portion in 1974 as "a massive, illegal domestic intelligence operation during the Nixon Administration against the antiwar movement and other dissident groups in the United States according to well-placed Government sources." iii And if you think that all the dirt was truly released and that dirt doesn't still occur then I have a bridge to sell to you in Brooklyn. Many people believe that the U. S. is a force for the good in this world, and they have a right to that opinion. But as time has progressed and my knowledge base has expanded, I have now realized that the CIA has been a manipulative force in the world, but especially in Latin America. From the 1950's to today, I have learned that the CIA has supported the "fascist regimes" to fortify influence and minimize oppositional forces. The United States has had an Interventionist Policy in Latin America for the sole purpose of the benefit of this nation, and if those nations benefits from the residual, then that is the crust, but not the crux of the objective. Whether that is right or wrong is anyone's determination although I'm not here to place value judgments. One man's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter
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2 just as one person's loss is another‟s ' gain. Wealthy individuals in the United States have benefited greatly from destabilizing these nations and controlling the country‟s ' interests. The people of our nations may not have taken too kindly to those actions, but what is done is done. Although Latin American nations have not been the sole target of U.S. heavy handed foreign intervention, see Operation AJAX in 1953 iv of Iran and the 50 year occupation in the Philippines v , the amount of nations that it encompasses and the length of time that is has gone on has no equal in regard to United States foreign policy. Since the Monroe Doctrine in 1823 stated "American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers", the ball was set in motion for the expansionist ideology of the United States government for the past 200 years. vi So when the CIA was formed in 1947, its purpose was for the accumulation and analysis of data about outside governments, corporations and persons in order to advise the direction of the public policymakers for the advantage of U.S. interest. I will give a synopsis of the CIA involvement in the countries of: Chile, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Cuba and Mexico. From Operations
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