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In July 1990, President Cossiga of Italy called for an investigation of charges aired over state television that the CIA had paid Licio Gelli to foment terrorist activities in Italy in the late 1960s and 1970s. Gelli was Grandmaster of the secret Propaganda Due (P2) Masonic lodge and had long been suspected of a leading role in terrorism and other criminal activities. In those years, according to a 1984 report of the Italian Parliament, P2 and other neo-fascist groups, working closely with elements of the Italian military and secret services, were preparing a virtual coup to impose an ultra-right regime and to block the rising forces of the left. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
40 years ago under Kennedy Brazil also had a populist president … At that time the Kennedy administration organised a military coup … It had a domino effect throughout the continent. Noam Chomsky, lecture Merrimack College, ‘The Onslaught Against Freedom and Democracy Led by the Bush Administration Reactionaries’
Indonesia was supposed to be in this new [post-war] world order granted a kind of nominal independence … In Indonesia there were essentially three forces: one was President Sukarno, the leader of the nationalists movement who was an independent nationalist and therefore already unacceptable, then there was a mass-based popular party – the Indonesian communist party, which was needless to say totally unacceptable, and thirdly there was the army which more or less shared US aims. Noam Chomsky, leture MOMA 16th November 1992 on East Timor
The CIA began to support right-wing parties – that didn’t work. They supported an insurrection in 1957/58 – that was put down. The US then turned to a classic technique for overthrowing civilian government – one that’s used over and over again – namely, cut off any aid or assistance or support to the government but maintain, even increase, military aid. ibid.
1965 and then Suharto took over and then came this huge bloodbath … The biggest bloodbath since the holocaust. ibid.
East Timor: The silence began in December 1975 with the Indonesian invasion: from then on there’s a sharp decline in coverage – it reaches zero, zero literally in the United States and Canada, in 1978 which is the year in which the atrocities peaked, and in which in fact Jimmy Carter took some time off from his sermons about human rights to increase US aid to Indonesia because they were actually running out of arms in the war against this tiny country. ibid.
Britain stepped up its military sales to Indonesia. ibid.
We like to forget the history, Iranians don’t. In 1953, The United States and Britain overthrew the parliamentary government [in Iran] and installed a brutal dictator … In 1979, the population overthrew the dictator. And since then the United States has been essentially torturing Iran: first tried the military coup, and then supported Saddam Hussein during Iraq’s invasion of Iran which killed hundreds of thousands of people, and after that United States started imposing harsh sanctions on Iran. Noam Chomsky, cited The Real News November 2007
In preceding months the armed forces conducted a campaign of political violence, including assassination of union leaders and other extrajudicial executions, leaving tortured and mutilated bodies by roadsides for the first time. Noam Chomsky, Deterring Democracy
In the case of Guatemala and Chile it was necessary to resort to economic strangulation, subversion, and military force to overthrow the democratic regimes and establish the preferred regional standards. ibid.
The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL) reports that the percentage of the Guatemalan population living in extreme poverty increased rapidly after the establishment of democracy in 1985: from 45 per cent in that year to 76 per cent in 1988. ibid.
At another ‘human farm’ in Guatemala, babies ranging from eleven days old to four months old had been found. The director of the farm, at the time of his arrest, declared that the children ‘were sold to American or Israeli families whose children needed organ transplants at the cost of $75,000 per child’. ibid.
The nightmare was restored in a coup organized by the CIA, with the cooperation of Guatemalan officers who betrayed their country in fear of the regional superpower ... With regular US support, the regime of terror and torture and disappearance has been maintained, peaking in the late 1960s with direct US government participation. ibid.
The successful intervention under Kennedy to block a democratic election, the direct US participation in murderous counterinsurgency campaigns under Lyndon Johnson, the continuing supply of arms to Guatemala through the late 1970s (contrary to illusory claims) and the reliance on our Israeli mercenary state to fill any gaps when congressional restrictions finally took effect. ibid.
In 1954 the United States overthrew the first democratic government in Guatemala, installed a brutal dictatorship that carried out horrendous crimes and ultimately a virtual genocide … all with the strong support of the Reagan administration. Noam Chomsky, lecture 7th June 2011, ‘The Evolving Global Order: Prospects and Opportunities’
For the first time in England’s history a reigning monarch was formally deposed from the throne. Monarchy by David Starkey s1e5: A United Kingdom, Channel 4 2004
Iran 1953: the CIA mounted its first covert operation to overthrow a foreign government. The target was the prime minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddegh. He held power legitimately through his country’s parliamentary process. And he was popular. Bill Moyers, The Secret Government: The Constitution in Crisis, 1987
This isn’t an election; this is a coup. The Manchurian Candidate 2004 starring Denzel Washington & Meryl Street & Liev Schreiber & Kimberly Elise & Jon Voight & Vera Farmiga & Jeffrey Wright & Simon McBurney & Bruno Ganz et al, Denzel to Rosy
The Army is taking over. There is a coup. Don’t worry. These are General Amin’s men. He fights for the people. The Last King of Scotland 2006 starring Forest Witaker & Kerry Washington & James McAvoy & Gillian Anderson & Simon McBurney & David Oyelowo & Apollo Okwenje Omamo & Shabir Mir et al, director Kevin MacDonald, woman on bus
Have you any idea what's going on in this country, Dr Garrigan? ibid.
His regime had killed more than 300,000 Ugandans. ibid. caption
In the 1930s there was an attempted coup against the democratically elected government of the US – Franklin Roosevelt – and was put a stop to by General Smedley Butler of the Marine Corp who just put his foot down and said, ‘We’re not having a coup against the elected government.’ And they kept it quiet. As soon as they’d squashed the coup, Roosevelt’s view was let’s not frighten people by telling people what really happened here. Martin Summer, On the Edge with Theo Chalmers & Tony Gosling
Under Bush a military coup had taken place in the United States giving the Pentagon unprecedented powers. Daniel Ellsberg
Some very shocking documents that I saw in the Library of Congress two weeks ago on August 9th and had to do with the Hearings from the McCormack/Dickstein Committee of November 1934 show that Prescott Bush and the DuPont family, the Remington family and J P Morgan tried to overthrow the US government – assassinate FDR – and put a Hitler-style Fascist state in place. John Buchanan
I appeared before the Congressional Committee, the highest representation of the American people, under subpoena to tell what I knew of activities which I believe might lead to an attempt to set up a fascist dictatorship ... I was supposed to lead an organisation of 500,000 men which would be able to take over the functions of government. Major General Smedley Butler, evidence 1934
It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out nor more doubtful of success nor more dangerous to handle than to initiate a new order of things. Niccolo Machiavelli
A very British coup, wouldn’t you say? A Very British Coup ***** starring Ray McAnally & Alan MacNaughton & Keith Allen & Geoffrey Beavers & Marjorie Yates & Jim Carter & Philip Madoc & Jeremy Young et al; see novel Chris Mullins, Sir Percy to Harry, Channel 4 1988
Disillusioned factions in the French military tried to organise a coup against de Gaulle. They failed. But extremist factions have formed a secret army called the OAS intent on killing de Gaulle and restoring Algeria to French rule. Days that Shook the World s2e5: Conspiracy to Kill, BBC 2004
The military has overthrown Allende’s Socialist government nominating General Pinochet their permanent head. Corleone VI starring Caludio Gioe & Daniele Liotti & Simona Cavallari & Marco Leonardi & Salvatore Lazzaro & Marco Leonardi & Alfredo Pea et al, television news