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"Few of us can easily surrender our belief that society must somehow make sense. The thought that The State has lost its mind and is punishing so many innocent people is intolerable. And so the evidence has to be internally denied."

— Arthur Miller

Chronology of
American State Terrorism

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U.S. State Department Policy Planning Study #23, 1948:
"Our real task in the coming period is to devise a pattern of relationships which will permit us to maintain this position of disparity [U.S. military-economic supremacy].... To do so, we will have to dispense with all sentimentality and day-dreaming.... We should cease to talk about vague and...unreal objectives such as human rights, the raising of the living standards, and democratization. The day is not far off when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are then hampered by idealistic slogans, the better."

— George Kennan
Director of Policy Planning
U.S. State Department

The following collection of relatively brief entries is divided into three pages. Each page has the full list near the top so you can jump around from entry to entry between pages.

This list of nations represents literally millions of human beings all over the world who have been brutally murdered — directly by the United States government/military or by its obediant proxies. Huge though the list is, there is yet more to add. It does, however, contain the most well-known campaigns of American state terrorism, genocide and subversion — all of which are in the historical record for the whole world to see. God only knows what evil the U.S. government and military have committed that remains hidden.

And as long as the United States remains a military power the list of state terror victims will keep growing.

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El Salvador

East Timor





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Costa Rica
Mid-1950s, 1970-71

Dominican Republic








British Guiana/Guyana

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Soviet Union

Western Europe



Middle East


Germany, Italy, Europe

Eastern Europe





Marshall Islands




Hiroshima & Nagasaki
August 1945

Japan, Germany, France

Around the world


America and Africa

1948 — Present
American/Israeli State Terrorism of the Palestinian People

Estimated civilian deaths: 100,000 Palestinian people

From the very beginning of the State of Israel in 1948 the Israelis have committed mass-murder and terrorization of the Palestinian people. In addition, Israelis torture Palestinian prisoners in jail on a routine basis. And almost all of it has been kept hidden by the mainstream American mass-media for 53 years.

In 1982 after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, Israeli racist Ariel Sharon was the primary authority behind the massacres at the Shatilla and Sabra refugee camps in which over 1000 helpless Palestinian women, children and civilian men were murdered in cold blood.

The United States government pours billions of your tax dollars into Israel every year. And the U.S. government never pays people to do things it doesn't want done. Israeli state terrorism is essentially American state terrorism.

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1960s — Present
American Support for Colombian State Terrorism of the Colombian People

Estimated civilian deaths: over 67,000 people

Under the guise of aid for "counternarcotics" operations, the U.S. Corporate Mafia Government is supplying weapons, training, troops and $1.3 billion to its apprentices in the Colombian military. The real purpose of all this aid is to support the government's massive political oppression of the Colombian people. It's Vietnam all over again.

Colombia is the most violent country in the world. The vast majority of the terror is committed by the U.S.-supported military and right-wing paramilitary forces — who are heavily involved in cocaine production and smuggling. They have tortured and murdered tens of thousands of people in trade unions and left-wing movements, including many human rights activists and grassroots organizers.

See also:
U.S. Terrorism of the Central American, South American and Caribbean Peoples

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1991 — Present
American/British State Terrorism of the Iraqi People

Estimated total civilian deaths: at least 200,000 people directly from the 1991 terror campaign;
1,000,000 — 2,000,000 people since then from the combined effects of depleted uranium poisoning, polluted water and sanctions

Like the terrorization of the entire civilian population of Yugoslavia, the so-called Gulf "War" was in fact a cowardly, high-tech slaughter, a total mismatch of military power. 177 million pounds of bombs were dropped on the people of Iraq in the most concentrated aerial bombardment in the history of the world. Sadistic American forces even slaughtered retreating Iraqi soldiers as they tried to flee along a highway back to Iraq.

And as with Yugoslavia, the "Desert Storm" terror campaign was directed primarily against the civilian population, a genocidal six-week assault on all the civilian people and infrastructure of Iraq. Particularly targeted were every grain silo and public water-treatment plant in the country. The assault included the most extensive use in history of depleted uranium missiles, and the most intensive use of cluster bombs, fuel-air bombs, napalm, cruise missiles and so-called "smart bombs."

The Dutch Laka Foundation estimates that this particular U.S. terror campaign left behind 300-800 tons of radioactive waste from the depleted uranium ammunition all over Kuwait and Iraq — poisoning the air, the land, the water and the people everywhere.

Afterwards, wherever the depleted uranium firing had been concentrated, there were cancer epidemics among Iraqi civilians living nearby. In the ten years since, sanctions, bacteria-laden water and depleted uranium together have killed somewhere between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 Iraqi civilians. Most of the victims were, and are, children.

Since the American terror campaign, thousands of Iraqi babies have been born with horrible birth defects. This is something that has never before been seen in Iraq.

More than 120,000 American Gulf War veterans are chronically ill — suffering from Gulf War Syndrome. A U.S. Department of Veterans study of 251 veteran's families found that 67% had children with severe illnesses or birth defects.

Even the United Nations estimates that over one million Iraqi civilians, including 600,000 children below the age of five have died as a result of diseases from polluted water — and the American sanctions which deny them the needed medicines.

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1992 — Present
American/NATO State Terrorism of the Yugoslavian People

Estimated civilian deaths: over 3000 people from the 1999 terror-bombing
Weapons of mass-destruction used by U.S.-dominated NATO forces included cluster bombs, depleted uranium missiles, fuel-air bombs, napalm, cruise missiles and other so-called "smart bombs."

250,000 people were killed during the U.S./German-sponsored civil war in Bosnia, 1992-1995 and Krajina, 1995.

Estimated civilian injuries: 9000+ people from the 1999 American terror campaign alone. Many people, including children, dismembered and crippled for life by cluster bombs.

In addition, over 1 million people who now live in Serbia-Yugoslavia are refugees from Krajina, Bosnia and Kosovo — victims of the U.S./German-sponsored terror campaigns of the 1990s.

For 78 days and nights in the Spring of 1999, United States Air Force and Navy pilots rained death indiscriminately upon women and children, old men and women shopping in marketplaces, passengers in trains, people in cars and buses, people in schools, patients in hospitals — anyone and everyone — everywhere in Yugoslavia.

The American terror campaign actually began in 1992 with the American/German sponsored subversion and breakup of Yugoslavia and subsequent civil war in Bosnia. It continued with the "ethnic cleansing" of approximately 300,000 to 500,000 Serbians from the Krajina region in 1995. Thousands of Serbian refugees were murdered as they tried to flee the sadistic, gratuitous bombing by the American-backed Croatian forces. American terrorism peaked with the bombing of the entire civilian population and infrastructure of Yugoslavia in 1999. It has continued to this day with the brutal occupation of Kosovo.

NATO/KFOR occupation troops have stood idly by, watching sympathetically as Albanian extremists kidnapped, publicly beat, murdered and tortured Serbs, Roma and Jews, burning down their houses and dynamiting centuries-old Christian churches. Over 200,000 non-Albanians were "ethnically cleansed" from Kosovo with America's total blessing.

As if this weren't appalling enough, a massive sex-slave trade of Eastern European women and girls has flourished in Kosovo since the American/NATO occupation began. The women and girls are often beaten, they are forced to live in poverty and filth, they are raped many times every day, and many are murdered. The pimps are all Albanian KLA/mafia with a reputation for brutal violence. The customers are American/NATO occupation troops (ludicrously called "peacekeepers" by the corporate-owned mass-media) and so-called "international peace workers."

Ah yes, "humanitarianism" and "democracy." Isn't that what America is all about?

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1960 — Present
American Assassination of Patrice Lumumba and Backing of State Terrorism of the People of The Congo/Zaire

From Killing Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII
by William Blum:

In June 1960, Patrice Lumumba became the Congo's first prime minister after independence from Belgium. But Belgium retained its vast mineral wealth in Katanga province, prominent Eisenhower administration officials had financial ties to the same wealth, and Lumumba, at Independence Day ceremonies before a host of foreign dignitaries, called for the nation's economic as well as its political liberation, and recounted a list of injustices against the natives by the white owners of the country. The man was obviously a "Communist." The poor man was obviously doomed.

Eleven days later, Katanga province seceded, in September, Lumumba was dismissed by the president at the instigation of the United States, and in January 1961 he was assassinated at the express request of [President] Dwight Eisenhower. There followed several years of civil conflict and chaos and the rise to power of Mobutu Sese Seko, a man not a stranger to the CIA. Mobutu went on to rule the country for more than 30 years, with a level of corruption and cruelty that shocked even his CIA handlers. The Zairian people lived in abject poverty despite the plentiful natural wealth, while Mobutu became a multibillionaire.

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1959 — Present
American Subversion and State Terrorism of the Cuban People

From Killing Hope
by William Blum:

Fidel Castro came to power at the beginning of 1959. A U.S. National Security Council meeting of March 10, 1959 included on its agenda the feasibility of bringing "another government to power in Cuba." There followed 40 years of terrorist attacks, bombings, full-scale military invasion, sanctions, embargoes, isolation, assassinations...Cuba had carried out The Unforgivable Revolution, a very serious threat of setting a "good example" in Latin America.

The saddest part of this is that the world will never know what kind of society Cuba could have produced if left alone, if not constantly under the gun and the threat of invasion, if allowed to relax its control at home. The idealism, the vision, the talent were all there. But we'll never know. And that of course was the idea.

See also:
U.S. Terrorism of the Central American, South American and Caribbean Peoples

Cuban Liberation: Fidel Castro, Che Guevara & Jose Marti

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1953 — Present
American-backed Genocide of the Guatemalan People

Estimated civilian deaths: over 200,000 people

From Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
by William Blum:

A CIA-organized coup overthrew the democratically-elected and progressive government of Jacobo Arbenz, initiating 40 years of military-government death squads, torture, disappearances, mass executions and unimaginable cruelty, totaling more than 200,000 victims — indisputably one of the most inhumane chapters of the 20th century.

The justification for the coup that has been put forth over the years is that Guatemala had been on the verge of the proverbial Soviet takeover. In actuality, the Russians had so little interest in the country that it didn't even maintain diplomatic relations. The real problem was that Arbenz had taken over some of the uncultivated land of the US firm, United Fruit Company [Chiquita bananas], which had extremely close ties to the American power elite.

Moreover, in the eyes of Washington, there was the danger of Guatemala's social-democracy model spreading to other countries in Latin America.

Despite a 1996 "peace" accord between the government and rebels, respect for human rights remains as only a concept in Guatemala; death squads continue to operate with a significant measure of impunity against union activists and other dissidents; torture still rears its ugly head; the lower classes are as wretched as ever; the military endures as a formidable institution; the US continues to arm and train the Guatemalan military and carry out exercises with it; and key provisions of the peace accord concerning military reform have not been carried out.

See also:
U.S. Terrorism of the Central American, South American and Caribbean Peoples

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1980 — Present
American Terrorism of the El Salvadoran People

Estimated civilian deaths: over 75,000 people

From Derailing Democracy: The America the Media Don't Want You to See
by Dave McGowan:

Massive amounts of arms, training and funding were poured into El Salvador to prop up the puppet government against a popular uprising. Featured the covert use of U.S. air power and ground forces, as well as the training, at the "School of the Americas" [in Ft. Benning, Georgia], of the leaders of the right-wing death squads which executed thousands of Salvadorans.

Some of the highlights of the death squad activities included the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero, the execution of six Jesuit priests along with their housekeeper and her daughter, the rape and execution of four American church women, and the mass execution of some 800 civilians at the village of El Mozote.

From Killing Hope
by William Blum:

El Salvador's dissidents tried to work within the system. But with U.S. support, the government made that impossible, using repeated electoral fraud and murdering hundreds of protesters and strikers. In 1980, the dissidents took to the gun, and civil war.

Officially, the U.S. military presence in El Salvador was limited to an advisory capacity. In actuality, military and CIA personnel played a more active role on a continuous basis. About 20 Americans were killed or wounded in helicopter and plane crashes while flying reconnaissance or other missions over combat areas, and considerable evidence surfaced of a U.S. role in the ground fighting as well. The war came to an official end in 1992; 75,000 civilian deaths and the U.S. Treasury depleted by six billion dollars.

Meaningful social change has been largely thwarted. A handful of the wealthy still own the country, the poor remain as ever, and dissidents still have to fear right-wing death squads.

See also:
U.S. Terrorism of the Central American, South American and Caribbean Peoples

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1975 — 1999
American-backed Genocide of the People of East Timor

Estimated civilian deaths: over 200,000 people

From Killing Hope
by William Blum:

In December 1975, Indonesia invaded East Timor, which lies at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago, and which had proclaimed its independence after Portugal had relinquished control of it. The invasion was launched the day after U.S. President Gerald Ford and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger had left Indonesia after giving Suharto permission to use American arms, which, under U.S. law, could not be used for aggression. Indonesia was Washington's most valuable tool in Southeast Asia.

Amnesty International estimated that by 1989, Indonesian troops, with the aim of forcibly annexing East Timor, had killed 200,000 people out of a population of between 600,000 and 700,000. The United States consistently supported Indonesia's claim to East Timor (unlike the UN and the EU), and downplayed the slaughter to a remarkable degree, at the same time supplying Indonesia with all the military hardware and training it needed to carry out the job.

From Derailing Democracy
by Dave McGowan:

The U.S.-backed government of Indonesia invaded East Timor just one day after a visit by President Gerald Ford and Henry Kissinger. As many as a third of the tiny island's population were exterminated using American supplied weaponry.

The Indonesian government, kept propped up with U.S. taxpayers' money, continues to this day to be one of the worst human rights abusers on the planet.

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1987 — 1994
American-supported State Terrorism of the Haitian People

From Killing Hope
by William Blum:

The U.S. supported the Duvalier family dictatorship for 30 years, then opposed the reformist priest, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Meanwhile, the CIA was working intimately with death squads, torturers, and drug traffickers.

With this as background, the Clinton White House found itself in the awkward position of having to pretend — because of all their rhetoric about "democracy" — that they supported Aristide's return to power in Haiti after he had been ousted in a 1991 military coup. After delaying his return for more than two years, Washington finally had its military restore Aristide to office, but only after obliging the priest to guarantee that he would not help the poor at the expense of the rich, and that he would stick closely to free-market economics. This meant that Haiti would continue to be the assembly plant of the Western Hemisphere, with its workers receiving literally starvation wages.

See also:
U.S. Terrorism of the Central American, South American and Caribbean Peoples

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American Slaughter of People in Somalia

From Rogue State
by William Blum:

It was supposed to be a mission to help feed the starving masses. Before long, the U.S. was trying to rearrange the country's political map by eliminating the dominant warlord, Mohamed Aidid, and his power base. On many occasions, beginning in June, U.S. helicopters strafed groups of Aidid's supporters and fired missiles at them. Scores were killed. Then, in October, a daring attempt by some 120 elite American forces to kidnap two leaders of Aidid's clan resulted in a horrendous bloody battle. The final tally was five U.S. helicopters shot down, 18 Americans dead, 73 wounded, 500 to 1000 Somalians killed, many more injured.

It's questionable that getting food to hungry people was as important as the fact that four American oil giants were holding exploratory rights to large areas of land and were hoping that U.S. troops would put an end to the chaos which threatened their highly expensive investments. There was also the Pentagon's ongoing need to sell itself to those in Congress who were trying to cut the military budget in the post-Cold War world. "Humanitarian" actions and (unnecessary) amphibious landings by U.S. Marines on the beach in the glare of T.V. cameras were thought to be good selling points. Washington designed the operation in such a way that the show would be run by the U.S. military and not the United Nations, under whose aegis it supposedly fell.

In any event, by the time the Marines landed, the worst of the famine was over. It had peaked months before.

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1979 — 1992
American Subversion in Afghanistan

Estimated civilian deaths: over 1,000,000 people

From Killing Hope
by William Blum:

Everyone knows of the unbelievable repression of women in Afghanistan, carried out by Islamic fundamentalists, even before the Taliban. But how many people know that during the late 1970s and most of the 1980s, Afghanistan had a government committed to bringing the incredibly backward nation into the 20th century, including giving women equal rights?

What happened, however, is that the United States poured billions of dollars into waging a terrible war against this government, simply because it was supported by the Soviet Union. Prior to this, CIA operations had knowingly increased the probability of a Soviet intervention, which is what occurred. In the end, the United States won, and the women, and the rest of Afghanistan, lost. More than a million dead, three million disabled, five million refugees, in total about half the population.

See also:
American/British state terrorism of the Afghani people, 2001

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1981 — 1990
American Terrorism of the Nicaraguan People

Estimated civilian deaths: over 13,000 people

From Derailing Democracy
by Dave McGowan:

Following the fall of the Somoza regime, which had been backed for decades by the U.S., the CIA formed and armed the covert army known as the "Contras" from the remains of Somoza's National Guard. Assisted by covert U.S. air power, this proxy army inflicted considerable death and destruction across the Nicaraguan countryside.

From Killing Hope
by William Blum:

When the Sandinistas overthrew the Somoza dictatorship in 1978, it was clear to Washington that they might well be that long-dreaded beast — "another Cuba." Under President Carter, attempts to sabotage the revolution took diplomatic and economic forms. Under Reagan, violence was the method of choice. For eight terribly long years, the people of Nicaragua were under attack by Washington's proxy army, the Contras, formed from Somoza's vicious National Guard and other supporters of the dictator.

It was all-out war, aiming to destroy the progressive social and economic programs of the government, burning down schools and medical clinics, raping, torturing, mining harbors, bombing and strafing. These were Ronald Reagan's "freedom fighters." There would be no revolution in Nicaragua.

From a talk by John Stockwell, 13-year veteran of the CIA and former U.S. Marine Corps major:

"Systematically, the Contras have been assassinating religious workers, teachers, health workers, elected officials, government administrators. Remember the 'Assassination Manual' that surfaced in 1984? It caused such a stir that President Reagan had to address it himself in the presidential debates with Walter Mondale. They use terror to traumatize society so that it cannot function.

"I don't mean to abuse you with verbal violence, but you have to understand what your Government and its agents are doing.

"They go into villages. They haul out families. With the children forced to watch, they castrate the father. They peel the skin off his face. They put a grenade in his mouth, and pull the pin. With the children forced to watch, they gang-rape the mother, and slash her breasts off. And sometimes, for variety, they make the parents watch while they do these things to the children.

"This is nobody's propaganda!

"There have been over a hundred thousand American "Witnesses for Peace" who've gone down there, and they have filmed and photographed and witnessed these atrocities immediately after they've happened, and documented thirteen thousand people killed this way — mostly women and children.

"These are the activities done by the Contras. The Contras are the people President Reagan called 'freedom fighters.' He said: 'They are the moral equivalent of our founding fathers.'"

See also:
U.S. Terrorism of the Central American, South American and Caribbean Peoples

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American Invasion of Panama

Estimated civilian deaths: several thousand people

From Rogue State
by William Blum:

Less than two weeks after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the United States showed its joy that a new era of world peace was now possible by invading Panama, as Washington's mad bombers struck again. On December 20, 1989, a large tenement barrio in Panama City was wiped out; 15,000 people were left homeless. Counting several days of ground fighting between U.S. and Panamanian forces, 500-something natives dead was the official body count — i.e., what the United States and the new U.S.-installed Panamanian government admitted to. Other sources, examining more evidence, concluded that thousands had died. Additionally, some 3,000 Panamanians were wounded, 23 Americans died, 324 were wounded.
Question from reporter: "Was it really worth it to send people to their death for this? To get Noriega?"

George Bush: "Every human life is precious, and yet I have to answer, yes, it has been worth it."

Manuel Noriega had been an American ally and informant for years until he outlived his usefulness. But getting him was hardly a major motive for the attack. Bush wanted to send a clear message to the people of Nicaragua, who had an election scheduled in two months, that this might be their fate if they reelected the Sandinistas. Bush also wanted to flex some military muscle to illustrate to Congress the need for a large combat-ready force even after the very recent dissolution of the "Soviet threat." The official explanation for the American ouster was Noriega's drug trafficking, which Washington had known about for years and had not been at all bothered by. And they could easily have gotten their hands on the man without wreaking such terrible devastation upon the Panamanian people.

See also:

The Panama Deception

U.S. Terrorism of the Central American, South American and Caribbean Peoples

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Rogue State:
A Guide to the World's Only Superpower
by William Blum

Killing Hope:
U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since WWII
by William Blum

Blackshirts and Reds:
Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism
by Michael Parenti

The Beast Reawakens
by Martin A. Lee

To Kill A Nation:
The Attack on Yugoslavia
by Michael Parenti, Ph.D.

Derailing Democracy:
The America the Media Don't Want You to See
by David McGowan

Against Empire
by Michael Parenti, Ph.D.

The Sword and the Dollar:
Imperialism, Revolution and the Arms Race
by Michael Parenti, Ph.D.

NATO in the Balkans:
Voices of Opposition
by Ramsey Clark, Sean Gervasi, Sara Flounders, Thomas Deichmann, Gary Wilson, Richard Becker and Nadja Tesich

The Genocidal Democracy
by Javier Giraldo

The Continuing Terror Against Libya
by Fan Yew Teng

The Culture of Terrorism
by Noam Chomsky

The Real Terror Network:
Terrorism in Fact and Propaganda
by Edward S. Herman

A People's History of the United States:
1492 — Present
by Howard Zinn

Lies My Teacher Told Me:
Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong
by James Loewen

Saving Private Power:
The Hidden History of "The Good War"
by Michael Zezima

The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb
by Gar Alperovitz

Bloody Hell:
The Price Soldiers Pay
by Daniel Hallock

Deadly Deceits:
My 25 years in the CIA
by Ralph W. McGehee

The Habits of Highly Deceptive Media:
Decoding Spin and Lies in Mainstream News
by Norman Solomon

Inventing Reality:
The Politics of News Media
by Michael Parenti, Ph.D.

War, Lies & Videotape:
How media monopoly stifles truth
edited by Lenora Foerstel; multiple authors

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