Havana, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Operation Peter Pan was a psychological warfare action to manipulate children with political intentions, a further evidence in more than 50 years of US aggressions on Cuba.
This was one of the saddest immigration incidents occurred in the 60s, which took place in the western hemisphere, a media strategy of which was thought by Washington to lure Cubans.
Those who conceived the plan took into account the atmosphere of uncertainty existing among Cuban middle class and small bourgeoisie during the early years of the Revolution.
The US Federal Government, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), elements of the Catholic Church hierarchy in that country, and counterrevolutionary groups were responsible for the project.
Media terrorism has among its direct backgrounds scandalous chapters as the sinister Operation Peter Pan, a plan in which families sent their children abroad because the government would allegedly take them away parental authority.
Between 1960 and 1962, over 14,000 children were sent by their parents to charitable US organizations created for this purpose. They were sheltered in unknown homes and orphanages for an indefinite time.
With the help of Miami Diocese priest Bryan O. Walsh, linked to the CIA, everything started when Cuban executives from the American Chamber of Commerce in Havana commented to him their wish to send their children to the United States.
The plan followed a media campaign through Miami radio stations, which analyzed the issue carefully, and informed about an alleged Parental Authority act to be applied to children under 18 years old.
The method aimed that children would meet again with their parents once the Revolution has been overthrown, but on October 23, 1962, when the October missile crisis broke, Washington suspended flights to Cuba and the announced reunion was left very much up in the air.
JG: I was one of the victims of Operation Peter Pan. The curas of La Salle were fanatics in their opposition to the Cuban Revolution. Like the current pedophilia scandal, Peter Pan is another dark chapter in church history.