1980

The Secret History of the United States

1980


[Bolivia] A 1980 coup was carried out with the assistance of Klaus Barbie, who had been sent to Bolivia when he could no longer be protected in France, where he had been working under US control to repress the anti-Fascist resistance, as he had done under the Nazis.
Deterring Democracy - Noam Chomsky p. 396

In February 1980, the Archbishop of El Salvador, Oscar Romero, sent a letter to President Carter in which he begged him not to send military aid to the junta that ran the country. He said such aid would be used to "sharpen injustice and repression against the people's organizations" which were struggling "for respect for their most basic human rights" (hardly news to Washington, needless to say).
A few weeks later, Archbishop Romero was assassinated while saying a mass. The neo-Nazi Roberto d'Aubuisson is generally assumed to be responsible for this assassination (among countless other atrocities). D'Aubuisson was "leader-for-life" of the ARENA party, which now governs El Salvador; members of the party, like current Salvadoran president Alfredo Cristiani, had to take a blood oath of loyalty to him.
What Uncle Sam Really Wants Noam Chomsky

[Allan] Nairn reveals that the United States gave Roberto d'Aubisson the intelligence files that he used in his 1980 television broadcasts denouncing many trade unionists, peasant leaders, Christian Democrats and clergy as Communists or guerilla collaborators. Many of those named were subsequently assassinated.
Corruptions of Empire - Alexander Cockburn p.365

[Abscam] In addition to ... Rep. John Jenrette, six legislators - Senator Harrison A. Williams, Jr. (D-N.J.) and five congressmen - were caught in the net. Rep. Raymond Lederer (D-Pa.) was shown by the video camera taking $50,000 in a paper bag. The no-nonsense Rep. Michael (Ozzie) Myers (D-Pa.) got his cash in an envelope. Rep. Richard Kelly (R-Fla.) was recorded asking whether his share of the money made bulges in his suit.
Scandal - Suzanne Garment p.225

"Why should we subsidize intellectual curiosity?"
Ronald Reagan, campaign speech 1980

Ronald Reagan, the Republican nominee took an entirely different approach. "I believe in states' rights" he said while opening his campaign at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Mississippi. The men who murdered Schwerner, Chaney, and Goodman sixteen summers earlier believed in states' rights, too, and there was no mistaking Reagan's intent. Reagan had calculated (correctly on both fronts) that the symbolism would be understood in the South and ignored in the North.
Nixon's Piano - Kenneth O'Reilly p.350

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According to Parr, after Hinckley had been taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital, he told the Secret Service that he had planned on shooting Carter at a speech in 1980, but the Secret Service contingent around him discouraged him. Sure enough, the Secret Service went back and spotted Hinckley near Carter in photographs taken at the time.
Inside The White House - Ronald Kessler p.121

Magazine: U.S. To Attempt Rescue 03-03-97
LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. military modified a huge transport plane with rockets to land like a helicopter so it could attempt a second rescue of 53 American hostages in Iran in 1980, Jane's Defense Weekly disclosed Monday.
The work was done after a helicopter collided with a C-130 military transport in the Iranian desert, killing eight American servicemen, in a first attempt to rescue the hostages held in Tehran.
from Newsday AP Updates

[Brenneke] claimed... he had taken part in an October 1980 meeting in Paris in which representatives of the Reagan-Bush campaign, including...William Casey... had bribed Iran to hold the US hostages until after the election, to ensure Reagan's victory.
Deterring Democracy - Noam Chomsky p.349

The Paris meetings were organized to put the final touches on an agreement that had been worked out earlier. The essence of that agreement was that Iran would release the hostages to the Reagan-Bush forces after the election, in return for military equipment to be delivered through Israel.
p146 October Surprise - Gary Sick

The October Surprise From "The Other Americas Radio"

...White House chief of staff Baker said it was Casey who had provided him with briefing papers that President Carter had used to prepare himself for the nationally televised debate in the 1980 presidential campaign.
Veil : The Secret Wars of the CIA 1981-1987 - Bob Woodward p.310

[Reagan] He had sold first himself and then America on the belief that you could cut taxes, grow the military, and balance the budget all at the same time. You couldn't; when Bush called it voodoo economics, he got it essentially right. Taxes actually rose for most people in the Reagan years.
Quest for the Presidency 1992 - Peter Goldman, Andrew Murr, Tom Matthews

more on Reagan1981


Take the savings and loan scandal for instance. In 1980 the Reagan administration deregulated this sleepy home-lending industry in the belief that it would allow a neglected and uncompetitive financial service sector to grow. Eight years later, economist John Kenneth Galbraith called the result "the greatest financial disaster in American history." More than $500 billion had disappeared into thin air.
The Bureau - Diarmuid Jeffreys p.325
S&L Coverage Ignores Root Causes and Progressive Options from Best of Extra

more on debt1986


By 1980, researcher Tom Adams had compiled a catalog of about two hundred mutilation incidents that involved sightings of UFOs or helicopters.
Alien Contact - Timothy Good p.53

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