A Cold War Fire — Fight Heats Back Up
Once again, former U.S. Army Air Defense specialists Kenneth (“Ken”) Friedman, and Antonio (“Tony”) Scarpelly relate incidents kept under wraps for years as classified special ops from “Operation TripWire”, in a bid for Purple Heart awards and enhanced disability benefits long denied them, and others, by the Department of Defense.
“Operation Tripwire”, as previously reported, was a long term black ops program by the U.S. Army that set up and maintained intelligence gathering posts and Air Defense missile bases throughout the Caribbean and parts of Central America for decades as a military containment policy against Communist Cuba and its infamous dictator, Fidel Castro.
Over the years, a series of suppressed or unreported incidents occurred in such nations participating in Operation Tripwire where agent provocateurs and Cuban military insurgents would fire on such posts in “hit and run” style random attacks. Occasionally, injures or even deaths allegedly occurred involving local nationals, and U.S. personnel. According to carefully worked reports from Scarpelly, Friedman and their attorneys, the facts of such incidents were suppressed so as to avoid international discord during this very volatile “Cold War”, and to cover-up military activity for national security purposes. Moreover, the host nations involved were to be spared as much exposure, or as much cause for retaliation from Cuba (and the Soviet Union) as possible, by playing down or flat out not acknowledging such incidents.
According to Scarpelly, moderate flesh wounds from shrapnel, or even gunfire suffered by U.S. military personnel from hit and run assaults were often similar down played or “medically treated with altered records” as to actually “cause for such injuries” to cover up incidents. Typical “Black Ops.”
The degree of such “cover-up efforts were unacceptable according to Friedman, when fellow soldier “Anderson” (not his real name) was killed by RPG fire” (a Russian made ubiquitous infantry weapon)” in front of Scrpelly and me one night during an insurgent assault.
Both Scarpelly and Friedman, through counsel relate having verifiable gunshot and shrapnel wounds that resulted from presence during several “Black Ops” deployments during service in “Operation Tripwire”. Albeit their injuries are physically moderate, at worst, the psychological and moral impact is never ending, especially with the loss of a close friend like Anderson — kept distorted and covered up to spare the government embarrassment.
With the recent demise of long term U.S. nemesis, Fidel Castro, representative for Friedman, Sacrpelly, and Anderson’s family hope for more openness and transparency about operation Tripwire’s casualties. However, with the new presidency of Donald Trump and a call for reeling back relations with Cuba- such openness may be a long time coming, as programs like Tripwire may still exist.