from the book
The CIAs Greatest Hits
by Mark Zepezauer
In 1993, US citizens were shocked to learn
that their government had performed nuclear experiments on innocent
and unknowing test subjects. To the residents of US-administered
"trust territories" in the South Pacific, this was an
Ever since we nuked Japan in August 1945,
the US had regarded the Pacific as an "American lake."
For years, both the US and France tested nuclear weapons and lobbed
missiles at various Pacific islands under their "trusteeship,"
hustling the natives out of the way.
Sometimes natives were returned prematurely
to their irradiated homelands, which resulted in birth defects
and cancers. Not surprisingly, this led to particularly strong
anti-nuclear sentiments among the Pacific islanders. Also not
surprisingly, the CIA has done everything in its power to counter
The US has occupied the tiny island of
Belau since World War II and, despite native calls for self-determination,
is unlikely to depart anytime soon. In 1979, the Belauans had
the effrontery to pass the world's first anti-nuclear constitution.
Since then, the US has sponsored ten elections
in an unsuccessful effort to revise the document. Because the
Pentagon wants to keep a military base on Belau for the next 30
years or so, there have been endless beatings and assassinations
of Belauan anti-nuclear activists.
The island nation of Kanaky (also known
as New Caledonia) has been occupied by French troops since a bogus
1987 election that "ratified" French rule. Kanaky's
exiled resistance movement receives support from the island nation
of Vanuatu (formerly called New Hebrides), which has one of the
most progressive governments in the Pacific. The CIA has been
funnelling money into destabilizing Vanuatu, which it charges
iS the victim of "Libyan subversion."
In Fiji, a pro-US government was replaced
by a progressive coalition in a 1987 election; less than a month
later, a ClA-backed coup deposed the elected government. ClA"-coup
experts," including the head of the World Anti-Communist
League, were on hand before, during and after the coup. The new
ruling junta purchased US helicopters to use against any Fijians
who have the gall to imagine they have the right to elect whomever