The United States has been intervening covertly and overtly in many countries since the late 1800s, however the CIA's first black ops date back to the World War II after Harry S. Truman signed the act by which the agency was created on July 26, 1947. The Central Intelligence Agency is responsible for terrorism, assassinations, military coups and rebellions around the globe and has deceitfully used many NGOs guised as organisms that promote human rights, democracy, freedom and economic development, including USAID, NED and IRI, just to mention a few.
Their true objective is imperialist in nature. The U.S. has interest in every country, be it for its natural resources, cheap labor force or because of its strategic geographical location.
In order to meet its goals, the CIA recruits influential, intellectual and charismatic personalities. The agency also resorts to threats, kidnapping, torture, enforced disappearances and assassinations. The organization incites violence, uprisings and military rebellion, and causes economic chaos and misery to the people through scarcity of basic foods and so on. The CIA has been exposed on a number of occasions through documented evidence, leaks of information and whistleblowing by active and former agents.
Panama - 1989
Another unprecedented incident occurs in this Central American country. A CIA agent rises to power as a dictator in the form of Manuel “Pineapple Face” Noriega. Washington's interest here, among others, is the inter-oceanic canal.
When President Omar Torrijos tried to take over control of the Panama Canal, the CIA planted a bomb on his plane and that was the end of that.
In 1983, Noriega took power. He was a drug trafficker for the CIA. He had been for some 30 years. That was fine with Washington. He was of huge service to them. In fact, he was instrumental in the Iran-Contra affair, by which the CIA circumvented Congress' prohibition to provide the Nicaraguan contras with weapons to be used against the leftist Sandinista movement. Noriega helped with cocaine to be sent mainly to the Los Angeles, California, where it was sold in form of crack and served to poison vast Black communities, another of the devious objectives of the CIA. The proceedings were used to buy arms in Iran to provide the contras with them.
Money and power transforms the weak and devious. Noriega wasn't exempt. It went to his head. He now believed he was untouchable and felt he could ignore Washington's orders and instead of helping the U.S. place Guillermo Endara in power in Nicaragua, he decided he would impose a president of his own choosing: Francisco Rodriguez. Noriega also began harassing U.S. military bases in Panama. The U.S. was not about to put up his unruly behavior. Washington deployed troops to invade Panama in December 1989.
They captured Noriega and locked him up in a Miami jail, but before that, they killed 3,500 innocent civilians and displaced 20,000 more. Fair? Not for CIA's operation against Panama dubbed "Just Cause."