December 12, 2009

Chapter 15: The Fruits of PBSUCCESS

CIA Director suggests sending Pawley to assess the situation in Guatemala in preparation for planning a coup against leftist President Arbenz whose agrarian reform would hurt United Fruit. The project, PBSUCCESS, brings together Pawley and CIA agents E. Howard Hunt, David Phillips, Tracy Barnes and the CIA’s covert operations head, J. C. King, who would later be involved in planning the Bay of Pigs invasion. Pawley receives covert security clearance and gladly participates in coup planning to prevent a communist beachhead from forming in Central America.