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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Media War: Alternative Theater of Operations
By Bárbara Vasallo Vasallo
On April 19th, 1961, Commander in Chief Fidel Castro read Communiqué No. 4 on events at Playa Girón. Among other details the document said: “(…) Playa Girón, last position of the mercenaries, fell at 5:30PM.
The Revolution was victorious (…) the enemy suffered a crushing defeat (…)”
In barely 66 hours, the Cuban people overcame the imperialists in their first defeat in Latin America; but at that moment in which the mercenaries dispersed, fled through the extensive region of the Zapata Swamp, the US news agency Associated Press reported: “(…) intense fire of weapons of all type in the vicinity of the Guanabo Beach, site of the Cuban Navy (…)
The report reflected the media nightmare that continues today: the manipulation which is the essential tool of the information monopolies in favor of the interests of the Empire.
The events before, during and after the Bay of Pigs were involved in the communication strategy aimed at discrediting the Cuban Revolution and creating confusion among the followers of the social system that finally achieved justice, equality and transformations for the good of humanity.
For over a year the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) was looking for new plans of aggression against Cuba.
On March 17th, 1960 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower, signed a National Security memorandum that authorized the use of Operation 40 aimed at creating and unifying the opposition of the Cuban Revolution and promoting propaganda campaigns of subversive radio stations to incite the Cuban people to rebel, among other aspects.
All on the basis of creating an army that would work alongside the counterrevolutionary organizations in the urban regions.
With this objective, the CIA agents would infiltrate Cuba and create new organizational structures that would serve as a fifth column when the organized aggression from abroad would take place.
On April, 1960, Plans Director of the CIA, Richard Bissell, heading Operation Pluto (name given to the mercenary invasion project) reiterated the experience of David A. Phillips, specialist in propaganda to install a radio station capable of “convincing” the Cuban people.
Exactly 30 days after the meeting between Bissell and Phillips, the terrorist Radio Cuba Libre known as Radio Swan was heard in Cuba for the very first time on the night of May 17th, 1960.
This radio station broadcasted all types of lies to the Cuban people in an attempt to seed distrust and also became a link with counterrevolutionary groups that operated on the island.
Despite the failure at the Bay of Pigs invasion, later recognized by President John F. Kennedy in a public statement on April 14th, the CIA and the US government persisted in its policy of media lies in an attempt to create chaos.
This was a way to prepare the world public opinion for its terror crusades and drag along other puppet governments.
There, a history of media campaigns regarding the fall of the Berlin wall, war in Kosovo, Palestinian occupied territories, the coup attempt in Venezuela on April of 2002, just to name a few.
Also the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, called “axis of evil”, secret prisons, tortures, assassinations of journalists…More recently, the information support to the de facto government in Honduras, campaigns against Presidents Evo Morales and Rafael Correa.
Most recently, the destabilization campaign against the Middle East and northern Africa, war against Libya and the media “fabrication” of opposition movements and leaders to governments that refuse to follow the game of neo liberal interests.
The recent media terrorism by dishonest and weak people that serve those that invest millions of dollars to lie on the Cuban Revolution use Internet and its social networks to attack threaten and discredit those that defend the social system on the island.
Half a century ago, there paper newspapers and radio stations reporting on events in the Bay of Pigs, today the large information web is the technology infrastructure that carries out the media or cyber war currently the alternative theater of operations.
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