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Cryptonym: SYNCARP

Definition:
The "Junta", Castillo Armas' political organization headed by Cordova Cerna.
Status:
Documented
Sources:

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: Abbreviations and Cryptonyms

Page xvii: ..."SYNCARP, the 'Junta', Castillo Armas' political organization headed by Cordova Cerna..."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: 110. 3/2/54-Telegram From Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida to the Central Intelligence Agency

03/02/54: Telegram from Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida: ..."C. KUFIRE: Systematic exploitation SYNCARP KUFIRE assets and development independent assets, if vigorously pursued, can be accomplished next 90 days...E. KUHOOK (CIA Paramilitary Operations Staff): 1) Firming up SYNCARP/SKIMMER relationship to insure reliability of Calligeris. Ontrich will undertake this week. 2) Based on Ontrich preparations, Cadick is to examine staging sites, staging preparation, transport facilities, etc., to insure Calligeris capability implement logistics plans. Cadick trip to be completed approx 10 March. 3) SCRANTON trainees will graduate approx 25 May, according present plans. 4) Twenty-seven sabotage trainees will graduate 15 March. Leader trainees will graduate SARANAC approx 1 May allowing thirty days implement organization inside target area..."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala

03/23/54: 117. Telegram from Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida to Withheld CIA Station: "SLINC 1229. 1. Although recognize difficulty your taking effective counteraction nevertheless ERRATIC must demonstrate soon real qualities of being able work in harness or else. 2. SYNCARP sources inside WSBURNT (Guatemala) reporting ERRATIC spreading word he and Calligeris now in close accord inferring latter is his junior and takes orders from him. 3. This could be very injurious all around and cannot be tolerated. Obviously PBSUCCESS is and will build up Calligeris thus para 1 above becomes mandatory. 4. Appears ERRATIC has swung form mudslinging to subordinating Calligeris. Use theme of all anti-Commies working together and cut out the personal buildup as above as many would-be followers would rebel against ERRATIC..."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: 186. 6/15/54-Telegram From Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida to the CIA Station in Guatemala

06/15/54: Telegram from Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida to Guatemala Station: "3838. 1. Entirely possible situation rapidly developing which could very well become critical turning point in PBSUCCESS. Imperative we seek and apply maximum measures at this moment and force the issue. 2. [name not declassified] from your cables appears to be assuming leadership within army. Accordingly you should endeavor to impress upon him through ESQUIRE (per below) the following points which should be clarified and/or reiterated: A. He is covertly assured of fullest ODYOKE backing. B. SCOMBER (2) assures him of fullest support within its capabilities including all its assets. C. SCOMBER practically certain its control over SYNCARP to almost guarantee its fullest support. D. The moral issue of avoiding bloodshed at this moment—practically zero hour—is so overwhelming that he must impress upon his followers within the army action must be taken at once to avoid the most terrible bloodshed in WSBURNT (Guatemala) history. Anti-Communist forces are now well organized and rapidly gaining in power—both externally and internally—and are completely dedicated to gaining control and will not be dissuaded regardless of the price in blood or treasure until success is obtained...(2). Joint Council of 'The Group' and Castillo Armas’ political organization that was used to signal joint decisions."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: 209. 6/19/54-Telegram From Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida to the Central Intelligence Agency

06/19/54: Telegram from Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida: "4078. Re: GUAT 906.2 1. We believe issue is clear: are we going to stand by and see last hope of free people in WSBURNT (Guatemala) submerged to depths of Communist oppression and atrocity until we send PBPRIME (U.S.) armed force against enemy as we surely must do sooner or later or are we going to authorize maximum use of our assets to take calculated risk of defection WSBURNT army? 2. Is it not more serious to fail to win having already gone so far than it is to win even though our enemies may try to tar US with intervention? Is not our intervention now under these circumstances far more palatable than by Marines? This is the same enemy we fought in Korea and may fight tomorrow in Indo-China. He knows no quarters and gives none. He is hiding behind Guats on his side and we on ours. He sent the Alfhem arms we sent token gear. 3. Our plans called for internal strength, the enemy ruthlessly eliminated or suppressed this hope. We tried forcing defection by propaganda and token force of armed irregulars. Unless we revert now to real determination to win, our clandestine propaganda effort of pretended strength will if not already become known for what it is. We have 300 men, some already deserting, the enemy’s strength remains unimpaired. 4. Our basic plan although altered still remains feasible providing we use our one asset over the enemy—air power. Unless we show real strength within 24 hours we run great risk of Galvez turning against SYNCARP or WSBURNT attacking WSHOOFS (Honduras). Osorio is still fence sitting because he has not received assurance ODYOKE (U.S. Government) is determined to see Calligeris succeed. [name not declassified] is facing the enemy’s charges alone and offers his air force to bomb WSBURNT. He is willing go all the way to victory..."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: 211. 6/20/54-Telegram From the Central Intelligence Agency to Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida

06/20/54: Telegram to Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida: "05705. Refs: A. LINC 4071; B. LINC 4078; C. DIR 05706; D. DIR 05707; E. GUAT 906. (2)...Reference A is not printed. (Ibid., Box 6, Folder 2) References B, D, and E are printed as Documents 209, 213, and 208, respectively. Reference C, telegram 5706 from the CIA to the Station in Guatemala, June 20, requested additional information, in light of various proposals to bomb targets in Guatemala, 'for realistic assessment abilities of SYNCARP pilots. Specifically ascertain extent their bombing experience and date most recent actual experience.' (Central Intelligence Agency, Job 79–01025A, Box 6, Folder 2)."

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1952-1954: Guatemala Current Section: 212. 6/20/54-Telegram From Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida to the Central Intelligence Agency

06/20/54: Telegram from Operation PBSUCCESS Headquarters in Florida: ..."C. [name not declassified] selected [name not declassified] as his wingman. His qualifications are: LT (SG) USN active reserve, combat experience with navy in Pacific WW 2; completed advanced naval pilots course on night target pinpointing day before reporting to SYNCARP. Highly recommended by [name not declassified]..."

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