Creating and maintaining the image of the United States as a benevolent super power in the minds of most Americans despite it's crimes on the level of Pol Pot and Hitler is an extraordinary achievement by the propaganda system, which will probobly be studied and admired by dictators for hundreds of years. The work of Edward Bernays and Walter Lippmann especially.
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 4
CIA and Assassinations
by Kate Doyle and Peter Kornbluh
Among the documents found in the training files of Operation PBSUCCESS and declassified by the Agency is a "Study of Assassination." A how-to guide book in the art of political killing, the 19-page manual offers detailed descriptions of the procedures, instruments, and implementation of assassination. "The simplest local tools are often much the most efficient means of assassination," counsels the study. "A hammer, axe, wrench, screw driver, fire poker, kitchen knife, lamp stand, or anything hard, heavy and handy will suffice."
For an assassin using "edge weapons," the manual notes in cold clinical terms, "puncture wounds of the body cavity may not be reliable unless the heart is reached....Absolute reliability is obtained by severing the spinal cord in the cervical region." T he manual also notes that to provide plausible denial, "no assassination instructions should ever be written or recorded." Murder, the drafters state, "is not morally justifiable," and "persons who are morally squeamish should not attempt it."
In Guatemala, of course, "Operation Success" had a deadly aftermath. After a small insurgency developed in the wake of the coup, Guatemala's military leaders developed and refined, with U.S. assistance, a massive counterinsurgency campaign that left tens of thousands massacred, maimed or missing.CONFERENCE ROOM TECHNIQUE
(1) Enters room quickly but quietly
(2) Stands in doorway
(2) Opens fire on first subject to react. Swings across group toward center of mass. Times burst to empty magazine at end of swing.
(1) Covers group to prevent individual dangerous reactions, if necessary, fires individual bursts of 3 rounds.
(2) Finishes burst. Commands "Shift." Drops back thru [sic] door. Replaces empty magazine. Covers corridor.
(1) On command "shift", opens fire on opposite side of target, swings one burst across group.
(1) Finishes burst. Commands "shift". Drops back thru [sic] door. Replaces magazine. Covers corridor.
(2) On command, "shift", re-enters room. Covers group: kills survivors with two-round bursts. Leaves propaganda.
(2) Leaves room. Commands "GO". Covers rear with nearly full magazine.
(1) On command "GO", leads withdrawl, covering front with full magazine.