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The Panama Deception (1992)

A film about the true reasons for the 1989 US invasion of Panama and big media complicity in these activities.


Barbara Trent


David Kasper
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Credited cast:
Elizabeth Montgomery ... Narrator (English version) (voice)
Carlos Cantú Carlos Cantú ... English Voice-over (voice) (as Carlos Cantu)
Diviana Ingravallo Diviana Ingravallo ... English Voice-over (voice)
Abraham Alvarez Abraham Alvarez ... English Voice-over (voice)
Alma Martinez ... English Voice-over (voice)
Lou Diamond Phillips ... English Voice-over (voice)
Pedro Pablo Celedón Pedro Pablo Celedón ... Spanish Voice-over (voice)
Richard Ferrán Richard Ferrán ... Spanish Voice-over (voice)
Alejandro Flores Alejandro Flores ... Spanish Voice-over (voice)
Julio Moline Julio Moline ... Spanish Voice-over (voice)
Margarita Stocker Margarita Stocker ... Spanish Voice-over (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ashton Bancroft Ashton Bancroft ... Self - President: Refugee Committee
Manuel Becker Manuel Becker ... Self - Panamanian Cameraman
Larry Birns Larry Birns ... Self - Council on Hemispheric Affairs
Esmeralda Brown Esmeralda Brown ... Self - UN Methodist Office


This documentary details the case that the 1989 invasion of Panama by the US was motivated not by the need to protect American soldiers, restore democracy or even capture Noriega. It was to force Panama to submit the will of the United States after Noriega had exhausted his usefulness. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Exposing The Cover Up!


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Charles Rangel: You would think from the video clips that we have seen, that this whole thing was just a Mardi Gras, that the people in Panama were just jumping up and down with glee.
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Till I Go Down
Written and Performed by Jackson Browne
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Re-mix by Paul Dieter
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Operation not so "Just Cause".
15 July 2011 | by sol1218See all my reviews

Narrated by Elizeabeth Montgomery and produced by Barbara Trent who previously produced "Cover-Up" a documentary about the Iran-Countra scandal or deception "The Panama Deception" has to do with the real reasons behind the 1989 invasion of Panama which had nothing at all to do what we the American people were told at the time by the Bush I Administration and the US media.

The unprovoked invasion of Panama that cost as many as 4,000 Panamanians and two dozen US servicemen's lives had to do with the September 1977 Carter-Torrijos Treaty that was to hand over the Panama Canal to the Panamanian Government on New Years Eve 1999. Something that the new incoming Reagan Administration was dead against and determined to overturn. After Panamanian strong man Omar Torrijos was killed in a mysterious plane crash on July 31, 1981 CIA sponsored Manny Noriaga was was put in charge hoping that he would do as he's told by his handlers back in the USA. Manny who was canned or kicked off the CIA payroll by President Jimmy Carter's CIA Director Mansfield Turner back in 1978 was immediately put back on the CIA payroll by the Reagan Adminstration at double his salary. It's then that Manny started to organize both drug trafficking and supporting the Sandinista contras for his employers the CIA.

It was later when Manny didn't go along with what he was told that the US now run by President George Bush the First made plans to dump him in him becoming too independent for his own good. After a number of failed attempts to ouster Manny it became obvious to the Bush Administration that it had to use use force but at the same time demonize Manny in order to get the American public to support a military invasion and take over of his country. Planting stories about Manny Noriaga being a sexual degenerate and drug user and pusher, which he was for the CIA, as well as Hitler lover it didn't take long for Bush in the excuse of restoring democracy in Panama, which in fact never had it, let loose the "Dogs of War" on that country from which it has never recovered since now over 20 years after it was invaded.

What turned out to be the real reason for the invasion of Panama was not just to scudded the 1977 Carter-Torrijos Teaty but destroy and disarm the Panamanian Army! With the Panamnian Army needed in protecting the canal the aforementioned treaty became invaded which Bush made sure it would be! And thus have the US military, which in fact destroyed it, replace the Panamanian Army when the treaty came into effect some ten years later!It was also the invasion of Panama that opened the door to a new and aggressive form of US foreign policy that was implemented in countries like Iraq, in 1991 & 2003, Kosovo and Afganistan that with no Soviet Union to worry about no one not even the UN being able to challenge it.

P.S Even though the documentary "The Panama Deception" was released in 1992 it in fact accurately predicted the course of US foreign policy for the next 20 or so years! Something that Jean Dixon or even the great seer Nostradamus couldn't do and it didn't even need a crystal ball to do it!

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31 July 1992 (USA) See more »

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The Panama Deception: Exposing the Cover Up! See more »


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$6,563, 2 August 1992

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