CABLE TO DIRECTOR FROM GUATEMALA CITY RE GUATEMALA 1954 COUP

Created: 7/16/1954

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3. MEANWHILE NOTHING DEFINITE TONE CONCERNING IMPLEMENTATION COMMITTEE MENTIONED ND5 ACH DAY NEWAPPEARED NOT OF TYPE NEEDED AND WITHOUT CLEAR AUTHORITY TO ACT.

AB INVE, BANNISTER HELD CONVERSATION WITH CALLIG-ERIS NIGHTULY. THIS CONVERSATION KITH APPROVAL OF JMBLUG. THE FOLLOWING AGREEMENTS WERE REACHED:

A. ONECREE BILLSSUED CREATING APR08ABLY CALLED COMITE DE DEFENSA DE LA DEMOCRACIA AND WITH JURISDICTION OVER ENTIRE COUNTRY WHILE RESPONSIBLE ONLY TO CALL-(GERIS. COMMITTEE WILL BE COMPOSEDRESIDENT, TWO OTHER MEMBERS AND TWO ALTERNATES.

UDGE WILL BE ATTACHED TO COMMITTEE WITH POWER ISSUE SEARCH AND ARREST WARRANTS FOR ANY PART OF COUNTRY,,

C. ECOND GROUP, SMALL AND MOBILE, WILL BE ASSIGNED TO WORK DIRECTLY UNDER 7PSEMANTIC AND WILL CARRY OUT ORDERS OF COMMITTEE,,

D0 FACILITIES FOR INTERROGATION WILL BE SET UP.

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CALLIQSRIS PROMISED THAT GROUP WILL HAVE HIS FULL AND DECIDED SUPPORT ANDRGANIZATIONS Will PP

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REOUIRED GIVE FULL COLLABORATION.

G0 EFENSE OF DEMOCRACY LAW WILL BE PASSED. POINTGHT UP IS THAT GOVERNMENT BROKE AND WILL NEED0 BANNISTER POINTED OUT THAT DECIDED ANTI COMMUNIST ACTION ON PART OF GOVT WOULD PROBABLY ENABLE IT OBTAIN NEEDED LOANS FOR PAYING BACK SALARIES, OPERATION OF COMMITTEE ETC.

CALLIGERIS THEN STATED HE BEGINNING TO WORRY ABOUT COMMUNIST THREAT AND ESPECIALLY IN VIEW ALARMING INFORMATION CONCERNING PRO COMMUNIST MOVEMENT ALONG MEXICAN GAVE INFO mentionediK SA(DDESPERATELY NEEDS PLANES AND WANTED AID IN OBTAINING THESE.

RE: TO DATE NO FUNDS HAVE BEEN ADVANCED FOR FOLLOWING REASONS.

A* NO POSITIVE ACTfON TAKEN AGAINST COMMIES BY

E0OTHERS BEGGED THAT FUNDS BE WITHHELD

UNTIL SUCH ACTION MATERIALIZED.

8c IN VIEW CALLIGERIS PROFESSED INTENTION TAKE LONG DESIRED POSITIVE ACTION, SUGGEST STATION BE AUTHORIZED ADVANCE OPERATING FUNDS NEEDED SET UP COMMITTEE AND CET IT WORflNG.

9. REF: NO DATE AVAILABLE CONCERNING HOLDING ELECTIONS BUT CALLIGERIS APPARENTLY EXPECTS FILL OUT REMAINDER

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AP.BENZ TERM.

10o STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT AS SOON AS COMMITTEE ISTHAT BANNISTERCALLED HQS FOR OPERATIONAL DISCUSSION. BELIEVE OPERATIONAL NEEDS SHOULD BE DISCUSSED WITH HQAND THAT WILL DEFINED POLICY LINES SHOULD BE LAID DOWN. BUDGET MATTERS SHOULD ALSO BE DlSCUSSED.

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