1960s-1980s Timeline by General Manuel Antonio Noriega
Assistance and cooperation to the intelligence group of the US Army in the Canal Zone.
- Assistance and cooperation to the CIA .
- At the request of the State Department and the CIA, achieve the freedom of ships and crew captured by Cuba, direct negotiation with Fidel Castro.
- Active work in security matters to achieve the Treaties of the Panama Canal, Torrijos-Carter. At that time, relationship with the president Jimmy Carter and the White House team: resulting in signing of the treaties in the OAS (Washington) and Carter’s visit to Panama.
- Active role in accepting and directing the security of the Shah, at US government request.
- Participation in diplomatic actions for the release of hostages Americans in Iran.
- At the request of the CIA, logistical facilities for a US interest in Central America.
- Contra Project was canceled by Panama.
- We do not accept the renovation of the US base at Fort Gulick.
- Support to the Department of State for the candidacy of Barletta who was an employee of World Bank and student of Shultz.
-Reference collaboration and professional coordination Gen. Galvin (NATO).
- Admiral Poindexter visit and strong discussion with General Manuel Antonio Noriega and threats because there is no support for the Contra project and for affairs internal politicians. Poindexter spoke on behalf of Reagan-Bush and called for a direct fight against Sandinismo and for Panama’s internal politics to put Barletta back in the presidency. (Barletta had been removed by disagreements with the Assembly National.)
-As of this visit, the violations of the Canal Treaty and the provocations by the American army in Panama begin progressively.
- International denunciation of violations of the treaty. We listed 50 violations.
- Refusal to support a transfer of weapons from Panama for the army of San Salvador, soviet weapons, the Pia Vesta Ship case that returned from Peru and was captured in Panama.
- Indictment based on political enemies, a dismissed former Panamanian consul, Jose Blandon, politically advised the cause along with other dissident politicians (Gabriel Lewis Galindo)
-2 offers from President Regan to abandon power and cancel the charges. Both times Mike Kozak was negotiating.
-Open aggression and provocation by the US Army on the highways and streets of Panama City against the civilian population.
-Monetary and psychological support, and use of the US Armed Forces television station (Military TV Channel 8 in the Canal Zone) to make propaganda against the government and officials of Panama.
-Electronic interference of the commercial TV of Panama, the government channel (Channel 2 and 5).
-Capture of an electronic equipment and the technicals inside the city of Panama causing interferences.
-During the elections, aborts active interference with opposition parties against the Panamanian Defense Forces and financial support.
-Gen. Cisneros supports with helicopters (USA) and the blockage of the Inter-American highway, for soldiers who tried to assassinate General Manuel Antonio Noriega in a military uprising.
-Gen. Cisneros had met with the coup plotters and promised help.
December 16, 1989
-General Manuel Antonio Noriega is appointed by a Popular Assembly of representatives (505 members) as Head of Government.
-At night, General Cisneros sends a team under the command of a Colonel to the Military Command Barracks in Panama City, penetrating through prohibited security areas, causing crossfire and death of the American colonel.
-This fact was used to accuse Panama of aggression. Subsequent investigations demonstrate the plan of General Cisneros.
-Ambassador Artur Davis was replaced because he opposed the invasion plans.
The action against General Manuel Antonio Noriega went beyond his person, what the Bush administration wanted was to invalidate the Torrijos-Carter treaty that requires a military force to defend the canal.
With ruthless bombardment and the use of troops and modern technology
- They were looking for the death of Manuel Antonio Noriega (murder)
- They destroyed the command post under unnecessary shelling. The headquarters has been located since 1920 in a poor neighborhood with wooden houses for many homeless children. And there was a nursery there for homeless and stray children. And everything went up in flames and their dead have still not been found because they were thrown into a mass grave.
- Bush put into practice Reagan’s promise : “we built the canal, we paid for it and it is ours and we will not give it up.”
- If they knew Noriega was a drug trafficker, why would the head of the CIA and his staff invite him, receive him, attend him in Washington, and also the head of the CIA and senior officials would meet with GMAN in Panama.
- Chief Casey attended him personally in Washington and visited him in Panama until 1988.
1. Additionally, see the report of the Independent Investigative Commission of the United States invasion of Panama. Directed by Ramsey Clark ex-attorney general.
2. Oscar-winning reportage film 1993 Panama Deception (Banned by the Bush administration to be shown in the USA and Panama.)