December 12, 2009

Chapter 56: Maintaining Battle Lines

Pawley is contacted by President Chiang Kai-shek who has never ceased in his belief that his forces will be “recovering the Chinese mainland.” Pawley, Smathers and a business partner of Bebe Rebozo form a group to block FCC re-licensing of stations critical of Vice President Spiro Agnew. Operation TILT participant, John Martino, continues telling audiences about his 1959 arrest by Castro to stir up anti-Castro support. Pawley submits the first draft of his memoir to the Marshall Foundation Library along with a contribution of $60,000. On the tenth anniversary of the Bay of Pigs fiasco, Manuel Artime, the invasion brigade’s civilian political chief, still “travels to Central America and Mexico where some believe he is planning ‘another large scale invasion of the Communist island.’” In August 1971, details about Pawley’s role in Operation TILT begin to surface. In 1972, “the first strike by agricultural workers in Florida history” takes place at Pawley’s Talisman Sugar.