Reclaim Our History Sep. 16-30
Sep. 16, 1982: Massacre of over 1,000 civilian Palestinian refugees begins, Sabnra and Shatila camps, Lebanon.
Sep. 17, 1796: George Washington’s farewell address, in which he declines to run for a third term as president. He strongly warns against permanent alliances with foreign powers, large public debts, large military establishment and devices of any “small, artful, enterprising minority” to control or change the government. Huh? 1988: Haiti’s military government overthrown. It’ll be back, thanks to the CIA.
Sep. 19, 1990: Remains of 828 dead, radioactive beagles from 1950s animal experiments at UC-Davis buried at Hanford Nuclear Reservation. 1994: US troops land, again, in Haiti.
Sep. 21, 1989: Israeli soldiers begin 42-day occupation and house-to-house destruction of Palestinian town of Beit Sahour, in retaliation for its mass two-year refusal to pay taxes to occupying Israeli government.
Sep. 22, 1980: After 10 months of skirmishes, Iran-Iraq war starts. US weighs in on side of ally Saddam Hussein, providing intelligence years later that enabled him to kill thousands of Iranians with chemical weapons.
Sep. 24, 1960: US Navy launches first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise. 1981: CIA Director William Casey urges “total exclusion from Freedom of Information Act for intelligence agencies.” Huh?
Sep. 25, 1975: US Senate makes public 238 illegal FBI burglaries against dissident groups. These actions become known as COINTELPRO, an acronym for counter-intelligence-programs. 1996: Stone-throwing protests by thousands of Palestinians angered by Israel’s decision to open an archaeological tunnel near Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque compound lead to Palestinian police battling with Israeli troops. Seven dead, over 350 wounded.
Sep. 27, 1944: First large-scale plutonium producing reactor begins operation on land seized from Yakama Indian Nation, Hanford, Washington. 1957: Despite international protests, U.K. begins nuclear bomb test series on aboriginal land, Maralinga, South Australia.
Sep. 28, 1938: Victor Jara, singer of freedom, born, Chile. He will be killed with the support of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Syrian “advisor,” Henry Kissinger (huh?), in the Pinochet overthrow of the legally elected government. 1973: New York: A bomb devastates part of Latin American section of ITT building, in retaliation for ITT’s involvement (along with CIA) in bloody overthrow of Chile’s former President Allende one week previous, “The first 9/11.” 2000: Ariel Sharon visits site of Temple Mount’s Dome of the Rock, leading to new and bloody intifada, Sharon’s election as Prime Minister, and new cycle of brutal Middle East violence.
Sep. 29, 1906: Troops sent to Cuba to “protect US interests.”
Sep. 30, 1986: Mordechai Vanunu kidnapped by Israeli secret police in Rome. Vanunu, who leaked details of Israel’s secret nuclear weapons program to the London Times, will be convicted in a secret Israeli military court and held in solitary confinement in Israeli prisons for the next 10 years. 1991: CIA finances military coup in Haiti, overthrowing democratically elected government of Rev. Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Three years of state-sponsored murder, rape and theft follow. After Aristide’s reinstatement and reelection, he will be overthrown again by US in 2004.