The Cuban Bus Crisis. Tales of CIA Sabotage. E.John McGarry

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The Cuban Bus Crisis. Tales of CIA Sabotage. by E.John McGarry
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Few would be surprised to learn that the CIA had assassinated a dictator, inspired military coups in the Middle East or Latin America. However, deliberately causing a ship to sink in the principal river of America’s closest ally, a partner in theMoreFew would be surprised to learn that the CIA had assassinated a dictator, inspired military coups in the Middle East or Latin America. However, deliberately causing a ship to sink in the principal river of America’s closest ally, a partner in the so-called special relationship, would not only be contrary to international law and the American Constitution, but a step too far, even for the CIA.This incident spawned a number of conspiracy theories, but this is what happened in October 1964, when CIA agents were involved in the sinking of the mv Magdeburg on the River Thames.

The East German freighter was carrying 42 Leyland buses to Castro’s Cuba. The UKs Leyland Motor Company had secured a massive contract to supply buses in the face of sustained pressure from Washington and its exiled Cuban allies. The contract would have driven holes through the United States’ Trade and Credit embargo launched against that Caribbean island.This lasting conspiracy theory held that not only did the CIA deliberately cause the sinking of the East German freighter but that the UK Government knowingly induced institutions such as the UKs Trinity House (Pilots’ Association), the Board of Trade and the Port of London Authority to create and foster the belief that the sinking was an accident occurring in thick fog.These allegations gathered strength following investigations by the renowned Washington Post Reporter, the late Jack Anderson in 1975 in his Merry-Go-Round column.

Since then, the issue has also been raised in the British Parliament, featured in the Observer Sunday newspaper and aired in a BBC Radio 4 Programme, “Document”. None of these parties had had sight of documents deposited in a former East German Archives, only made publicly available following German re-unification.

They underpin the credibility of the earlier conspiracy theory.The East German freighter, mv Magdeburg, sank after being rammed by a Japanese vessel, mv Yamashiro Maru off Broadness Point on the River Thames. A sinking as serious as this would normally have required an immediate investigation followed by a later British Public Inquiry. In 1965, the Editor of the Port of Londons House magazine stated, “an accident anywhere on this section of the Thames, being the main artery to the Port of London, was as welcome as a crash on a motorway”.

No British Inquiry ever took place, at least not publicly.The discovered documents reveal that the Seekammer, the East German equivalent to the British Board of Trades Marine Investigation section, had in 1965, held an exhaustive Inquiry into the incident in East Germany. Surprisingly, Trinity House had then obliged its two River Pilots to submit their testimonies directly to the Seekammer, so it clearly knew that an Inquiry had taken place, albeit in East Germany.

Consequently, they would surely have been aware of its findings yet information relating to this event was kept secret.Both Pilots’ reports and the Seekammer verdict are detailed in the book. Their content together with other evidence is analysed against photographs of the wreckage. Comments of experts and academics have been obtained and quoted.In an attempt to undestand the considerable American effort and finance pumped into CIA covert operations, a detailed examination is included of the onset and development of American attitude towards Cuba, from the mid 19th Century to the 1959 Castro Revolution.

It indicates the motives and modus operandi of the CIA. Accounts of American Agency sabotage, many displaying a callous disregard for life, are described.



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