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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:05 AM

Argentine ex-dictator denies Dirty War baby thefts and accuses mothers held in captivity

Source: Associated Press

Argentine ex-dictator denies Dirty War baby thefts and accuses mothers held in captivity
DEBORA REY
Associated Press
5:25 p.m. EDT, June 26, 2012

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) Former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla denied Tuesday that his government stole babies from women who were detained and then executed during the country's 1976-1983 dictatorship.Videla, 86, was defiant as he testified during a trial on charges that his administration stole 34 babies from their mothers as they were held in torture centers, going so far as to blame the women.

"If the removal of an underage minor took place, it was not because of an implicit order . framed in a systematic plan and coming from the upper ranks of the armed forces during the years of the war against terrorism," Videla said. With his thick glasses, white hair and mustache, Videla looked more like a grandfather than the former strongman who was sentenced to life in prison in 2010 for kidnapping, torture and murder.

Videla continued: "All the pregnant ones referred to in the suit and by prosecutors were active militants of a mechanism of terror and many of them used their child embryos as human shields when they operated as fighters."

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A former U.S. diplomat testified earlier this year that U.S. officials knew Argentina's military regime was taking babies from jailed dissidents during the Dirty War and that it appeared to be a systematic effort at the time.

Read more: http://www.orlandosentinel.com/business/nationworld/sns-bc-lt--argentina-videla-stolen-babies-20120626,0,2999361.story





Jorge Rafael Videla



Videla toasting the owner of the country's largest newspaper, who's still running the same
business, who completely whitewashed the entire bloodfeast upon the fascists' political enemies.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:25 AM

1. For the information of those who weren't around during this era, it should be noted

that the Argentine military junta labeled ALL forms of opposition to its rule as "terrorism".

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:22 AM

3. Sounds like Assad.

He calls the opposition in Syria "terrorists".

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:31 AM

4. Pretty much the same mindset at work in both places. n/t.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:14 AM

5. One small difference: the U.S. totally supported the vicious military dictatorship in Argentina.n/t

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 02:11 AM

11. Although, after 9/11, the Bushies seemed to have SOME sort of relationship with Assad the First

That's why the "rendition flights" kept landing in Damascus, and the same Syrian police state that our leaders are now sanctimoniously attacking(and which is a horrible regime, for the record)was assisting our leaders then by torturing the people THEY couldn't get away with torturing at U.S. facilities yet(pre-Gitmo).

Old man Assad wouldn't have been doing all that for Dubya out of the pure goodness of his heart.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #11)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 03:00 AM

12. Glad you reminded us of that. Bush did use him to do some of his filthy work. Hideous.

Looks as if they're trying to wipe out all traces of his outsourced criminality.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 02:48 PM

14. Yes, it did.

Ditto for Chile, Paraguay and every other right wing dictator in the world.

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Response to Ken Burch (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 12:39 PM

9. I guess they were early adopters of a now common theme. nt

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:03 AM

2. I recommend a film about this time--it is an oldie (85) called "The Official Story."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Official_Story

It's in Spanish but I imagine you can get it with subtitles.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 02:36 AM

6. Earlier article, from the Guardian: Kissinger backed dirty war against left in Argentina

Kissinger backed dirty war against left in Argentina
Transcripts show former secretary of state urged violent crackdown on opposition
Julian Borger in Washington and Uki Goni in Buenos Aires
The Guardian, Friday 27 August 2004 21.33 EDT

Henry Kissinger gave Argentina's military junta the green light to suppress political opposition at the start of the "dirty war" in 1976, telling the country's foreign minister: "If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly," according to newly-declassified documents published yesterday. State department documents show the former secretary of state urged Argentina to crush the opposition just months after it seized power and before the US Congress convened to consider sanctions.

"We won't cause you unnecessary difficulties. If you can finish before Congress gets back, the better," Mr Kissinger told Admiral Cesar Augusto Guzzetti, the foreign minister, according to the State Department's transcript.

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Mr Verbitsky, who during the 1970s ran an underground news service, said Mr Kissinger made it difficult for the US embassy in Buenos Aires to pressure Argentina's generals on human rights violations. "When US ambassador Robert Hill met with the generals to demand an end to the violence, the generals could say, your boss Kissinger knows what's happening and he doesn't care," he said.

The documents include a state department transcript of a conversation between Mr Kissinger, then secretary of state in the Ford administration and Mr Guzzetti, on October 7 1976, six months after the Argentine military had seized power. By that time the regime's brutality had become clear. Mr Hill sent repeated notes to Washington, describing the abuses and his attempts to get the junta led by President Jorge Videla to stop the "disappearances" of its leftwing opponents.

More:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/aug/28/argentina.julianborger/print

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:12 AM

7. They let this bastard live?

Why?

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Response to aquart (Reply #7)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 03:22 AM

8. Perhaps to demonstrate that not everyone sinks to the bastard's level.

(also...I believe that the junta wouldn't give up power without a promise, at the time, of total amnesty. The fascists in Chile did the same thing...and only now are THOSE scumbags getting some measure of what they deserve).

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 01:02 PM

10. AWFUL.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Jun 29, 2012, 03:39 AM

13. Tyranny n/t

 

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