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"The Panama Deception": The Untold Story of the December 1989 U.S. Invasion of Panama

June 13, 2003
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Democracy Now! airs excerpts of this Oscar winning documentary which uncovers the hidden reasons for the attack. The film examines how the Bush-Cheney-Powell team used Panama to prepare for the future Iraq invasions.

Today, on Democracy Now! we air the academy award-winning documentary: "The Panama Deception."

On December 19, 1989, U.S. troops invaded Panama with the stated purpose of ousting the man the media loved to hate, General Manuel Noriega.

Noriega was once a close ally to Washington and was once on the CIA payroll. After 1986, Noriega’s relationship with Washington took a turn for the worse. The Irancontra scandal forced three of his closest U.S. ties to leave the government. U.S. foreign policy quickly shifted against and Noriega went from friend to foe.

During the attack, the U.S. unleashed a force of 24,000 troops equipped with highly sophisticated weaponry and aircraft against a country with an army smaller than the New York City Police Department.

But the mainstream media failed to uncover the hidden reasons for this internationally condemned attack.

"The Panama Deception" provides analysis of U.S. relations with Panama and a devastating critique of the mainstream media and its complicity with the official government line.

Produced and directed by Barbara Trent, "The Panama Deception" was banned in Panama but it won an Oscar here in 1992 for Best Documentary as well as numerous other awards.

  • Tape: "The Panama Deception" — Produced and directed by Barbara Trent.

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