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The Panama Deception

This film shows how the U.S. attacked Panama and killed 3 or 4 thousand people in an invasion that the rest of the world was against.  (Sound familiar?) It won the Academy Award for best documentary.

The Panama Deception documents the untold story of the December 1989 U.S. invasion of Panama; the events which led to it; the excessive force used; the enormity of the death and destruction; and the devastating aftermath.

The Panama Deception uncovers the real reasons for this internationally condemned attack, presenting a view of the invasion which widely differs from that portrayed by the U.S. media and exposes how the U.S. government and the mainstream media suppressed information about this foreign policy disaster.

The Panama Deception includes never before seen footage of the invasion and its aftermath, as well as interviews with both invasion proponents like Gen. Maxwell Thurman, Panamanian President Endara and Pentagon spokesperson Pete Williams, and opponents like U.S. Representative Charles Rangel (D-NY.), Panamanian human rights workers Olga Mejia and Isabel Corro and former Panamanian diplomat Humberto Brown. Network news clips and media critics contribute to a staggering analysis of media control and self censorship relevant to any news coverage today, particularly during times of war.

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This film shows how the U.S. attacked Panama and killed 3 or 4 thousand people in an invasion that the rest of the world was against.  (Sound familiar?)

The excuse given was to get the drug lord, General Noriega, who had been on the CIA’s payroll for 20 years.

We see not only the devastation we did to poor cities in Panama, but also how our media was complicit in the way all of this was presented to the American public.

Some of the people featured in this video are,

Professors Michael Parenti, Peter Dale Scott, Jeff Cohen (executive director of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting or FAIR), Mark Hertsguaard (journalist and author), Rear Admiral Eugene Carroll (Ret. U.S.N.), U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel of New Yourk, Sabina Virgo (national labor organizer) and various Panamanian human rights activists.  (Actress) Elizabeth Montgomery narrates this excellent video.

Directed by Barbara Trent

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