In the USA, in 1958, Jimmy Wilson was sentenced to death for stealing $1.95 from Esteele Barker.
This was 'fascist Christian' America.
The sentence "was overturned only after intense international attention and the interference of an embarrassed John Foster Dulles".
It was commuted to a life sentence. (Jimmy Wilson (handyman) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
John Foster Dulles
John Foster Dulles, a 'fascist Christian', was U.S. Secretary of State under President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959. He was the brother of Allen Welsh Dulles, Director of the CIA under Eisenhower.
According to Karlheinz Deschner's book The Moloch John Foster Dulles gave financial support to the Nazi party in 1933 after Hitler's election.
According to Stephen Kinzer's 2006 book Overthrow, the Dulles's firm benefited from doing business with the Nazi regime; and in 1934, Dulles was a very public supporter of Hitler.
The Dulles brothers organised the CIA operation to overthrow the democratic Mossadegh government of Iran in 1953 (Operation Ajax).
The Dulles brothers organised the CIA operation to topple the democratic Arbenz government of Guatemala in 1954 (Operation PBSUCCESS).
Guatemala, in 1950, elected a really good reformist government led by a landowner called Jacobo Arbenz, who was of Swiss origin. (Bryson, Bill, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid, 2006)
America's United Fruit Company (United Brands) more or less owned Guatemala. About 85% of United Fruit's land was left more or less permanently idle.
Arbenz decided to buy, at a fair price, much of the idle farmland and give it to poor people.
Allen Dulles, head of the CIA, had served on the United Fruit Company's board of trustees. So, the 'Christian Fascist' Dulles brothers toppled Arbenz and replaced him with Carlos Castillo.
The CIA gave Castillo a list of 70,000 pro-reform people who were to be dealt with. Between 1954 and 1990, more than 100,000 Guatemalan civilians were murdered by friends of the CIA. (Guatemala '54)
America put its own citizens in danger when it tested nuclear weapons.
In 1951, a nuclear bomb was dropped on Nevada, at the Frenchman Flat site, 65 miles from Las Vegas.
With a later and bigger bomb, according to Peter Goodchild, "the radioactive dust cloud was so thick in Ely, Nevada, two hundred miles from Ground Zero, that the street lights had to be turned on.”
Bill Bryson, in Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid describes the scene:
"Visible fallout drifted down on six western states and two Canadian provinces—though no one officially acknowledged the fiasco and no public warnings were issued advising people not to touch fresh ash or let their children roll around in it."
Bill Bryson (Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid ) tells us what life was like in the 1950s in America, long before the days of George W Bush and the Neocons.
"The Communist Control Act of 1954 made it a federal offense to communicate any Communist thoughts by any means, including by semaphore.
"In Connecticut it became illegal to criticize the government, or to speak ill of the army or the American flag.
"In Texas you could be sent to prison for 20 years for being a Communist.
"In Birmingham, Alabama, it was illegal merely to be seen conversing with a Communist."