Omar Torrijos

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Person.png Omar Torrijos  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Omar Torrijos 1977.jpg
BornFebruary 13, 1929
Santiago, Panama
Died1981-07-31 (Age 52)
near, Penonomé, Panama
ReligionRoman Catholic
SpouseRaquel Pauzner de Torrijos
Victim ofassassination
PartyDemocratic Revolutionary Party
Leader of Panama who refused to compromise the interests of the Panamanians. Assassinated

Employment.png Military Leader of Panama

In office
October 11, 1968 - July 31, 1981

Omar Torrijos (with Jaime Roldós Aguilera) is named by John Perkins as someone who resisted the threats and bribes of the IMF and the World Bank and insisted on doing what would benefit the citizens of his country, Panama, and who was assassinated by CIA 'jackals' as a result.[1]

He is named by the Encylopaedia Britannica as a "dictator-like leader".[2]


Related Quotation

Hoodwinked“Panama's chief of government, Omar Torrijos, foresaw this meltdown and understood its implications back in 1978, when I was an economic hit man (EHM). He and I were standing on the deck of a sailing yacht docked at Contadora Island, a safe haven where U.S. politicians and corporate executives enjoyed sex and drugs away from the prying eyes of the international press. Omar told me that he was not about to be corrupted by me. He said that his goal was to set his people free from "Yankee shackles," to make sure his country controlled the canal, and to help Latin America liberate itself from the very thing I represented and he referred to as "predatory capitalism."

"You know," he added, "what I'm suggesting will ultimately benefit your children too." He explained that the system I was promoting where a few exploited the many was doomed. "The same as the old Spanish Empire — it will implode." He took a drag off his Cuban cigar and exhaled the smoke slowly, like a man blowing a kiss. "Unless you and I and all our friends fight the predatory capitalists," he warned, "the global economy will go into shock." He glanced across the water and then back at me. "No permitas que te engañen," he said ("Don't allow yourself to be hoodwinked.")

Three decades later, Omar is dead, likely assassinated because he refused to succumb to our attempts to bring him around, but his words ring true. For that reason I chose one of them as the title of my latest book, Hoodwinked.”
John Perkins2009
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