Captured documents show how congressman & aides helped enemy
Attached are the documents captured by US troops in Grenada in October 1983, as in Class 4 of the Public Diplomacy and Political Warfare course. They are not required reading for the final (though you are welcome to use them as examples in the final exam), but are here for your edification.
1. Letter from Carlottia Scott, chief of staff to US Congressman Ronald V. Dellums (D-Cal.), to Grenadan politburo chief/Prime Minister Maurice Bishop, discussing propaganda collaboration to discredit US intelligence reporting on the nature of the Cuban-built airstrip at Point Salines.
Dellums was Chairman of the Military Construction Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee at the time; he used his position to write a report and hold a hearing to discredit the US position that the airstrip had a military purpose. He later became Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, with Scott still serving as his chief of staff. “Barb” mentioned in the letter is Barbara Lee, then a Dellums staffer and now a US Congresswoman who succeeded Dellums. Scott tells Bishop of Dellums’ admiration for Fidel Castro.
Page 2 of Carlottia Scott’s letter to Maurice Bishop follows. Note how the chief of staff of a House Armed Services Commmittee panel chairman refers to her ideological colleagues in the handwritten postscript:
2. Letter from Dessima Williams, Ambassador of Grenada to the Organization of American States in Washington, to “Comrade Prime Minister,” with a counterintelligence warning from Barbara Lee on Dellums’ staff about an infiltrator in the office of the prime minister. Download Grenada—attached-mailing-from-pms-office
3. Three-part compendium of some of the most important captured Grenada documents, as issued by the US Department of State and Department of Defense via the US Information Agency. IWP Professor Herbert Romerstein co-edited this selection in his capacity at the time as the director of the USIA Office to Counter Soviet Active Measures. He also co-wrote the introduction, which appears in the first of the three following files. I believe this course website is the first to provide these documents in electronic form. Be advised that these are very large files.
Download Grenada_Docs_1 58MB
Download Grenada_Docs_2 47MB
Download Grenada_Docs_3 61MB
(The photo is of pro-American grafitti – a rare sight anywhere but in Grenada. How much of this do we see in Iraq or Afghanistan?)