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Panama / United States Invasion / Casualties In Panama #127490

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 20, 1990
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Criticism by independent panel of way Pentagon and Secretary of Defense Dick Cheney handled news coverage of invasion of Panama reported.

(Colon, Panama: Beth Nissen) Assessment of costs of American invasion of Panama featured; scenes shown of dead and wounded during action. [Physicians for Human Rights Dr. Paul WISE - says official figures on Panamanians killed are underestimates.] [Panama's medical examiner Dr. Humberto MAS - (thru translator) says he does not have confidence in casualty lists he has.] [At cemetery, Jorge BENJAMIN - describes shooting of his wife.] [US Southern Command Colonel Bill STONE - says United States limited the casualties.] Criticism of American actions during invasion by human rights workers detailed; scenes shown from Colon, Panama, of various buildings damaged by American shellings. [Father Alan McCLELLAN - describes helicopter missile attack on building.] [RESIDENT - (thru translator) says it was not necessary to launch something so potent.] Pentagon film shown of firepower used against Manuel Noriega's headquarters; scenes shown of Panamanians living in cubicals in airplane hangar because their homes were destroyed. [WOMAN - (thru translator) comments.] [McCLELLAN - says many people are living in despair and hunger.]

Nissen, Beth;
Sawyer, Diane

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