2010.54.3870

WARNING! The Port of San Francisco has been Mined
c. 1984
16.94 in HIGH x 11.00 in WIDE
(43.02 cm HIGH x 27.94 cm WIDE)
All Of Us Or None Archive. Gift of the Rossman Family.
2010.54.3870


Poster printed in black ink on yellow paper. The top two-thirds of the page are designed in a trompe-l'oeil style to appear as poster within a poster that is curling up along the bottom edge. "Public notice" is repeated three times in small print at top above "WARNING! / The Port of San Francisco has been mined" in large font. A representation of the seal of the Central Intelligence Agency appears just below at left opposite a paragraph explaining that the CIA will be mining the San Francisco Bay to prevent material aid from reaching Nicaragua. Another paragraph across the center of the page details the use of permits to "present proof that your cargo did not arrive from Nicaragua via another country." "Ships not in convoys travel at their own risk!" is printed in medium text at center left. "Note: The mines in San Francisco Bay, unlike those off the shores of Nicaragua, are representations only, and pose no threat to the nautical public" is printed in small text just below. The lower third of the page contains a graphic of seven mines floating in water. A paragraph at right discusses the U.S. Government's involvement in the mining of the Nicaraguan harbor of Corinto and "a calcuLated plan to sabotage the Nicaraguan government and impose on that country a regime of [President] Reagan's choosing."This aspect of U.S. government intervention resulted in a 1984 court case, "The Republic of Nicaragua v. The United States of America" before the International Court of Justice, which ruled in favor of Nicaragua and against the United States and awarded reparations to Nicaragua. The court found compelling evidence that "...the United States had been involved in the 'unlawful use of force' and that the alleged violations included attacks on Nicaraguan facilities and naval vessels, the mining of Nicaraguan ports, the invasion of Nicaraguan air space, and the training, arming, equipping, financing and supplying of forces (the "Contras") and seeking to overthrow Nicaragua's Sandinista government. [LMC]
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