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Contesting CastroThe United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution$
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Thomas G. Paterson

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195101201

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.001.0001

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Supplying Repression: Military, CIA, and FBI Links

Supplying Repression: Military, CIA, and FBI Links

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(p.58) 5 Supplying Repression: Military, CIA, and FBI Links
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Contesting Castro
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Thomas G. Paterson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101201.003.0006

In order to bind the worlds of Cubans and North Americans, the U.S. Military and intelligence links together with Batista's administration to try to join political, economic, and cultural ties. U.S. officials worked to make hemispheric military establishments dependent upon U.S. equipment, weapons, and training. The United States signed agreements with Cuba to install U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force missions and to grant military equipment under the Mutual Defense Assistance Act on March 7, 1952, just before Batista's coup. The Batista government soon ordered weapons and military goods. The U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group (MAAG) officers had orders not to accompany Cuban units into combats although Batista's armed forces received U.S. training and weapons. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) also helped Batista start the Buro Repression de las Actividades Communistas (BRAC). Moreover, FBI agents also spied on Cuban rebels.

Keywords:   Batista, U.S. Military Assistance Advisory Group, Buro Repression de las Actividades Communistas, Central Intelligence Agency, FBI

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