(24 April 2019) “When I was a cadet, what’s the cadet motto at West Point? You will not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do. I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole. We had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment,” Pompeo boasted as the audience laughed and celebrated the statement.
A historic trial underway in Argentina is set to reveal new details about how Latin American countries coordinated with each other in the 1970s and ’80s to eliminate political dissidents. The campaign known as „Operation Condor“ involved military dictatorships in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. They worked together to track down, kidnap and kill people they labeled as terrorists: leftist activists, labor organizers, students, priests, journalists, guerilla fighters and their families. The campaign was launched by the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, and evidence shows the CIA and former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger were complicit from its outset.
After presiding over a far-right coup in Bolivia, the US dubbed Nicaragua a “national security threat” and announced new sanctions, while Trump designated drug cartels in Mexico as “terrorists” and refused to rule out military intervention.
More than 7,000 CIA, FBI, Pentagon, and National Security Council (NSC) records—now posted on a specially created US government website at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence—shed considerable light on the state of terror that existed in Argentina from 1976 to 1983, when the military held power. The detailed documents provide extensive new evidence on the infrastructure of repression, Argentina’s role in the international terrorism campaign known as Operation Condor, and most important, the fate of hundreds of desaparecidos who were kidnapped, tortured, and murdered—among them Hidalgo Solá.
Am 8. Juli verurteilten Richter des römischen Berufungsgerichtshofs ehemalige bolivianische, chilenische, peruanische und uruguayische Regierungs- und Militärbeamte, nachdem sie sich der Entführung und Ermordung von 23 italienischen Staatsangehörigen in den 1970er und 1980er Jahren während der Operation Condor schuldig gemacht hatten, einer koordinierten Aktion rechter Militärdiktaturen in Chile, Argentinien, Uruguay, Bolivien, Paraguay, Brasilien und später Peru und Ecuador gegen vermeintliche linksgerichtete Bedrohungen. Die Kampagne, die von Entführungen, Folter, Verschwinden und Mord geprägt war, forderte nach Angaben von Menschenrechtsgruppen schätzungsweise 60.000 Menschenleben. Zu den Opfern gehörten Linke und andere Dissidenten, Geistliche, Intellektuelle, Akademiker, Studenten, Bauern und Gewerkschaftsführer sowie indigene Völker.
Five of the 24 men sentenced last week by an Italian court to life in prison for their roles in a brutal and bloody US-backed Cold War campaign against South American dissidents graduated from a notorious US Army school once known for teaching torture, assassination and democracy suppression.
The present ruling changed the January 2017 judgment which sentenced only eight people to life in prison and 19 others were acquitted.
Speziell von der CIA ausgebildete Geheimdienstagenten und Soldaten durften sich auf dem Territorium der anderen Staaten frei bewegen, um politische Gegner, die ins Exil gegangen waren, zu entführen, verschwinden zu lassen und zu ermorden.
Declassified information from the United States government shows that European governments during the 1970s wanted to learn how to conduct their own ‘Operation Condor’ from South American dictators who were systematically torturing and killing dissidents in the region.
In the documents opened to the public April 12, official statements from the United Kingdom, France, and then West Germany were looking for advice from South American dictators in mainly Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile to combat the “dangerous level (of) subversion“ from the left.
(16.4.2019) Exactly how many people died as a result is unknown, but the conspiracy led to the deaths of at least 100 people in Argentina. And according to the CIA document dated 7 April 1978, European spies were keen to find out how it worked.