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Ivan Hasslocher, who in May of 1959 created the Instituto Brazileiro de Acao Democratica (IBAD), English translation: Brazilian Institute of Democratic Action.
Ivan Hasslocher's name was handwritten in next to AMRACY-1 (IDEN-A) in a cable from Rio de Janeiro on December 16, 1960. IBAD was an anti-Communist organization and was dissolved in 1963 by the Brazilian Government.


12/16/60: Cable from Rio de Janeiro to Director (Nebecker Acting): REF: WAVE 2275 (IN 17853)* "1. Cubela will still be Brazil 17 request team be sent urgently. 2. Upon arrival request team contact ALRACY-1 (IDEN A) (handwritten: Ivan Hasslocher) at IDEN B (handwritten: 42-7552 or 34-5129). ALRACY will be alerted to arrange publicity. 3. For WAVE: ALRACY (IDEN C) (handwritten: Instituto Brazileiro de Acao Democratica) is local distributor Avance and handled all publicity for Zayas visit early this year. Excellent exploitation obtained. 4. Please OPIM names and info on team. Assume team. Also ETA and flight number in order alert press. Assume team unwitting. C/S Comment: *Dissemination applicable to JMZIP cables. **Requested inform Station if student team was in time to be useful re counter-reception." (Handwritten: "DRE team."


12/19/60: Cable from Rio de Janeiro to Director (Nebecker Acting): Slugline JMZIP: REF: 4813 (IN 18767)* "1. All but one Sunday morning Rio paper carried long articles of interview with Hernandez and Vidal. Total papers six. All carried photos taken by ALRACY photographer. Two papers headlined on front page. Theme of interviews written by ALRACY is unmasking Cubela and Castro regime. One paper headlined that Cubela would not accept debate. 2. Considerably more publicity being given H and V than Cubela. This result of ALRACY publicity organization. Radio TV following. 3. H and V want depart Rio 21 Dec. Attempting induce them remain till 23 Dec and visit SAOP and GOIANIA. 4. Pouching clips. C/S Comment: *RIOD reported re arrival Hernandez and Vidal arrival a.m. 17 Dec."


03/07/61: Cable from Rio de Janeiro to BELL: Slugline JMZIP JMRAKE: "1. (Unintelligible) ALRACY press exploitation with fotos placed six Rio papers, two on front page. Also ALRACY arranged 30 minute TV 4 March 2200 hours. 2. SUBJ (handwritten: Conte) ref wanted to use ADM Pena Boto on TV program. It was necessary threaten cancellation program if he insisted Pena Boto appear. According SUBJ ref he was instructed contact Pena Boto. It was explained to SUBJ that Pena Boto is arch-reactionary and known as McCarthy of Brazil and association with him would negate his visit. Suggest in future Station be consulted prior naming contacts its area. This association with Pena Bota could have hurt our mechanisms and completely negated visit. 3. Recordings now being made by SUBJ for ALRACY replay on its nineteen programs throughout Brazil. 4. SUBJ departing Rio 6 March for Brasilia to attempt interview Pres Quadros. Will forward itinerary as soon as received. 5. Pouching clips. CS Comment: *Press exploitation proceeding will use TV if time permits."


03/09/61, Cable from Rio de Janeiro to BELL: Slugline JMZIP JMRAKE: "1. SUBJ ref arriving Brasilia p.m. 6 March. After seeing Quadros will return Rio. Will if necessary spend several days Brasilia: Has received letter introduction from FONMIN Arinos. This however does not guarantee his seeing Quadros. 2. Upon return Rio (REDACTION)RACY will sponsor another 30 minute TV program on different station..."


"Brazilian Institute for Democratic Action (IBAD) was an organization (think tank) anti founded in May 1959 by Ivan Hasslocher. Beside him, several entrepreneurs - such as Gilbert Huber Jr., Glycon de Paiva and Paulo Ayres Filho - would be part of this organization and its sister entity, the Institute for Research and Social Studies (IPES), which was formed two and a half years later. In a 1998 interview with Folha de S.Paulo, retired general Hélio Ibiapina revealed that IBAD had links with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) American and he was commissioned by the then President of the Republic, General Castelo Branco, to confirm the veracity of that information. [1] The Institute was eventually extinguished in December 1963 by court order, and was integrated with the National Information Service (SNI) of Brazil. Reasons: The funding for the creation of IBAD came from contributions from Brazilian and US entrepreneurs. The initial purpose was to combat the populist style of Juscelino Kubitschek (JK) and the possible vestiges of the influence of communism in Brazil. IBAD's goal was to influence the country's economic, political and social debates through publicity and political action. To provide advertising support to the IBAD, it was created by Hasslocher, the advertising agency enhancer Sales Promotion [citation needed]. This was a subsidiary of that institute, funded by US capital. The methods used by the agency were inherited from the Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs (OCIAA). [lacks sources]. ADEP: IBAD created and encouraged for 'explicit electoral purposes' [2] the Popular Democratic Action (ADEP), whose function was to direct capital and finance the candidates against João Goulart and anti-communists in general, who would run for the parliamentary and government elections. 11 states." (CONTINUED BELOW)


"Acting: IBAD and the Institute for Research and Social Studies (IPES) funded, produced and broadcast a large number of radio, television and newspaper articles, permeated by anti-communist content. Both entities contributed decisively to the opposition to the government of João Goulart, a crucial factor for the success of the 1964 Military Coup. Many of the radio soap operas, movie films, and television programs of the day had explicit and implicit messages in favor of Brazilians absorbing US values. CPI - INTERPOL: In 1962, foreign funding and the overt participation of IBAD and its subsidiaries in the election campaign aroused suspicion in the Brazilian National Congress. It was even suggested that a Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry (IPC) be opened on this subject, but the idea did not go forward. In 1963, the CPI was finally installed. [2] The IBAD CPI took hundreds of testimonials and found reports of illegal donations. Much of the entity's documentation was found to have been burned shortly before the investigation began. However, what was left revealed that IBAD's funding came mainly from US companies. [2] The transformation of IBAD INTERPOL bias: Based on information gathered by the CPI, in August 1963, the then President of the Republic João Goulart determined that IBAD's activities should be suspended for three months. The deadline was extended for another three months and finally, on December 20, 1963, IBAD and ADEP were dissolved by court order. In the meantime, former IBAD members continued to enjoy great influence during the Military Regime, particularly in the economic area, due to the characteristics developed in the 1955-1960 anti-communist government."


Inside the Company, CIA Diary (1975) by Philip Agee: Pages 272-273: ..."Operations in Brazil haven't been helped by a Brazilian parliamentary investigation into the massive 1962 electoral operation, that began last May and is still continuing in the courts. The investigation revealed that one of the Rio station's main political-action operations, the Brazilian Institute for Democratic Action (IBAD) and a related organization called Popular Democratic Action (ADET), spent during the 1962 electoral campaign at least the equivalent of some twelve million dollars financing anticommunist candidates, and possibly as much as twenty million. Funds of foreign origin were provided in eight of the eleven state gubernatorial races, for fifteen candidates for federal senators, 250 candidates for federal deputies and about 600 candidates for state legislatures. Results of the elections were mixed, with station-supported candidates elected governors in Silo Paulo and Rio Grande, both key states, but a leftist supporter of Goulart was elected governor in the critical north-east state of Pernambuco. In the Chamber of Deputies the balance among the three main parties stayed about the same which in some ways was seen as a victory. The parliamentary investigating commission was controlled somewhat — five of its nine members were themselves recipients of IBAD and ADEP funds — but only the refusal of the First National City Bank, the Bank of Boston and the Royal Bank of Canada to reveal the foreign source of funds deposited for IBAD and ADEP kept the lid from blowing off. At the end of August last year President Goulart decreed the closing of both ADEP and IBAD, and the parliamentary report issued in November concluded that IBAD and ADEP had illegally tried to influence the 1962 elections..."

Gavin McDonald

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