Two Years Ago — Operation CONDOR : New Documents Declassified by US Government

“The issues are much too important for the Chilean voters to be left to decide for themselves.”

Henry Kissinger

“Kissinger deserves prosecution for war crimes, for crimes against humanity, and for offenses against common or customary or international law, including conspiracy to commit murder, kidnap, and torture.”

Christopher Hitchens — The Trial of Henry Kissinger (2001)

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In July 2001, the Chilean high court granted investigating judge Juan Guzmán the right to question Kissinger about the 1973 killing of American journalist Charles Horman. (His execution by the Chilean military after the coup was dramatized in the 1982 Costa-Gavras film, Missing.) The judge’s questions were relayed to Kissinger via diplomatic routes but were not answered.

December 14, 2016 — According to the newly released documents, Operation Condor — the trans-border and multinational effort by Southern Cone secret police services to track down and “liquidate” opponents of their regimes in the 1970s — also  targeted officials of Amnesty International as well as other human rights groups.  Follow us on Twitter: @INTEL_TODAY

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According to documents just published by the National Security Archive, Operation Condor planned overseas missions in Paris and London.

A comprehensive CIA report on Condor operations, released by the Obama administration, is rather explicit on these issues.

“The basic mission of Condor teams to be sent overseas, according to the CIA, was to liquidate top-level terrorist leaders.

Non-terrorists also were reportedly candidates for assassination, the CIA reported in May 1977, and some leaders of Amnesty International were mentioned as targets.

A TOP SECRET/EXDIS/CODEWORD Condor document declassified this week and posted today, the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research reported that “six Southern Cone nations,” all “participants in a counterterrorist network codenamed ‘Condor’,” have agreed “to undertake the liquidation of Latin American” targets “living in France.”

Also in today’s posting, an unusually emotional NSC memorandum summarizes the torture of Alfredo Bravo, the president of Argentina’s Permanent Assembly for Human Rights.

President Carter’s national security advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski, the recipient of the document, wrote in the margin: “a compelling, powerful report.”

You can read the documents.

Due to its clandestine nature, the precise number of deaths directly attributable to Operation Condor is highly disputed. Some estimates are that at least 60,000 deaths can be attributed to Condor, and possibly more.

Victims included dissidents and leftists, union and peasant leaders, priests and nuns, students and teachers, intellectuals and suspected guerrillas.

Condor’s key members were the governments in Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia and Brazil. Ecuador and Peru later joined the operation in more peripheral roles.

The United States government provided technical support and supplied military aid to the participants during the Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, and Reagan administrations. Such support was frequently routed through the Central Intelligence Agency.

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Operation Condor: South American Genocide

REFERENCES

Henry Kissinger commenting on Chile, prior to Augusto Pinochet’s U.S.-supported / CIA-facilitated military coup against Chile’s democratically-elected President Salvador Allende

OPERATION CONDOR: Officials of Amnesty International Targeted for ‘Liquidation’ — GWU NSA

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Operation CONDOR — New Documents Declassified by US

Two Years Ago — Operation CONDOR : New Documents Declassified by US Government

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