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|Beat the BFEE: Poppy’s CIA warned about terror plots and did not stop them|
Newly released US Government documents show that in 1976 the CIA was warned that a group of anti-Castro Cubans planned to destroy a Cuban passenger jet. No known warning was given the Cubans. No known effort was made to stop the bombing.
The Director of Central Intelligence at the time was George Herbert Walker Bush. The informant: Luis Posada Carriles.
Documents: CIA warned of plane bomb plot
By ANDREW O. SELSKY, Associated Press Writer
Tue Oct 10, 6:58 AM ET
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - An anti-Castro militant now in a Texas jail warned the CIA months before the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that fellow exiles were planning such an attack, according to a newly released U.S. government document.
The document shows that Luis Posada Carriles — who had worked for the CIA but was cut off by the agency earlier that year — was secretly telling the CIA that his fellow far-right Cuban exiles opposed to Fidel Castro's communist government were plotting to bring down a commercial jet.
The document does not say what the CIA did with Posada's tip. A CIA spokesman said he had no comment on Monday, a federal holiday.
The CIA had extensive contacts with anti-Castro militants and trained some of them, but has denied involvement in the bombing.
The documents were posted online Thursday by the National Security Archive, an independent research institute at George Washington University that seeks to declassify government files through the Freedom of Information Act.
That's not the only terrorist act the CIA was warned about that Bush and Company ignored. There was the Letelier-Moffitt assassinations in Washington, D.C. itself.
The mastermind behind that crime was on the CIA payroll.
30 YEARS LATER
National Security Archive calls for Release of Withheld Documents Relating to Pinochet's Role in Infamous Act of Terrorism in Washington, D.C. on September 21, 1976
Archive releases new document on CIA approach to Manuel Contreras on Operation Condor
National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 199
By Peter Kornbluh
Posted - September 20, 2006
Washington, DC, September 20, 2006 - On the thirtieth anniversary of the assassination of former Chilean ambassador Orlando Letelier and his American colleague Ronni Karpen Moffitt, the National Security Archive today called on the U.S. government to release all documents relating to the role of General Augusto Pinochet in the car bombing that brought terrorism to the capital city of the United States on September 21, 1976.
Hundreds of documents implicating Pinochet in authorizing and covering up the crime were due to be declassified under the Clinton administration but were withheld in the spring of 2000 as evidence for a Justice Department investigation into the retired dictator's role. After more than six years, according to Peter Kornbluh, who directs the Archive's Chile Documentation Project, it is time to release them. "If there is not going to be a legal indictment," Kornbluh said, "the documents can and will provide an indictment of history."
The Archive today released a declassified memo to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger reporting on a CIA approach in early October 1976 to the head of the Chilean secret police, Manuel Contreras, regarding U.S. concerns about Operation Condor assassination plots. The secret memo, written by Kissinger's deputy for Latin America, Harry Schlaudeman, noted that Contreras had denied that "Operation Condor has any other purpose than the exchange of intelligence." While the car bombing in downtown Washington, D.C. that killed Letelier and Moffitt took place on September 21, 1976, the memo contains no reference to any discussion with Contreras about the assassinations--even though DINA was widely considered to be the most likely perpetrator of the crime. In 1978, Contreras was indicted by a U.S. Grand Jury for directing the terrorist attack.
The document was obtained by Kornbluh under the Freedom of Information Act.
The memorandum to Kissinger adds to a series of documents that have been obtained by the National Security Archive that shed light on what the U.S. government knew about Operation Condor--a collaboration of Southern Cone secret police services to track down, abduct, torture, and assassinate opponents in the mid and late 1970s--and what actions it took or failed to take prior to the Letelier-Moffitt assassination. On August 23, 1976, Kissinger's office sent a carefully-worded demarche for U.S. ambassadors in Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Uruguay, and Paraguay to deliver to their host governments to halt assassination missions. But the next day, U.S. Ambassador to Chile David Popper balked at approaching Pinochet because "he might take as an insult any inference that he was connected with such assassination plots." Instead Popper requested permission to send the CIA station chief to talk to Contreras. For reasons that remain hidden in still-classified documents, Schlaudeman did not authorize that approach until October 4, two weeks after the car bombing in Washington.
Indeed, on September 20, 1976, the day before the Letelier-Moffitt assassination, Schlaudeman ordered his own deputy to tell the Southern Cone ambassadors "to take no further action" on pressuring the Condor nations to halt assassination plotting, because "there have been no reports in some weeks indicating an intention to activate the Condor scheme." In his October 8 memo to Kissinger transmitting the CIA memorandum of conversation with Col. Contreras, Schlaudeman argued that "the approach to Contreras seems to me to be sufficient action for the time being" because "the Chileans are the prime movers in Operation Condor."
These are the actions of men who are not afraid of murder, mass-murder or warmongering.
The historical record shows they are even worse than what I can paint.
For those interested in how this all connects to current events:
Kissinger Secretly Advises Bush
Pages 406-09 of Woodward’s new book:
Not only did the former Nixon secretary of state advise Bush and Cheney, he also offered Bush speechwriter Mike Gerson his famous "salted peanut memo," written during the first year of the Nixon administration. It claimed that withdrawal of troops from Vietnam would be like "salted peanuts to the American public; the more U.S. troops come home, the more will be demanded."
Please remember: Kissinger’s the BFEE meisterturd who advised Nixon to keep Vietnam going for an extra four years. In the end, the peace accord was basically what LBJ and the North had agreed to in 1968 -- an accord sabotaged by...Nixon's new friend, Henry Kissinger.
Kissinger is why Cheney yelled at Bob Woodward. Cheney didn’t want us to make the connection between Operation CONDOR and today’s USA PATRIOT Torture and Disappearances Enabling Act.
Woodward: Cheney Cursed At Me About ‘State of Denial,’ Then Hung Up The Phone
Today on Meet the Press, Bob Woodward described how Vice President Dick Cheney called him 10 days ago about Woodward’s new book State of Denial. Woodward says Cheney cursed at him (”he said what I was saying was bull-something”) and then hung up the phone.
Woodward called Cheney’s behavior a “metaphor for what’s going on. Hang up when somebody has a different point of view or information you don’t want to deal with.” Watch it:
MR. RUSSERT: Have you spoken to the president or the vice president since this book came out?
MR. WOODWARD: The vice president called me I guess as it was coming out 10 days ago.
MR. RUSSERT: And?
MR. WOODWARD: Well, he called to complain that I was quoting him about the meetings with Henry Kissinger that he and the president had. I had interviewed Vice President Cheney last year a couple of times at length about material I’m gathering on the Ford administration, on-the-record interviews, but he volunteered, he said, “Oh, by the way, Henry Kissinger comes in” and he, Dick Cheney, sits down with him once a month and the president every two or three months. And Cheney was upset I was quoting him. And I said, “Look, this–on-the-record doesn’t have anything to do with Ford, you volunteered that.” He then used a word which I can’t repeat on the air. And I said, “Look, on the record is on the record,” and he hung up on me.
MR. RUSSERT: What, what do you mean, he swore at you?
MR. WOODWARD: He, he said what I was saying was bull-something. No, but he, but he hung up. Now, look, I can, I can see, I went back and looked at the transcript that he can–ever had a disagreement about ground rules with someone. Have you?
Buzzflash tells us about Operation CONDOR Kissinger what may await America, if more people don't wake up and smell the tyranny.
More on "Operation Condor," What Horrors May Await America, Kissinger, and the Disappeared
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Tue, 10/10/2006 - 4:21pm. Analysis
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
In our editorial that caromed around the Internet, "Torture, Murder, Bush, Kissinger and The Mothers of the Disappeared in Argentina: America on the Brink of Horror," we warned that the legacy of U.S. governments – particularly under the Rumsfeld/Cheney/Kissinger/Bush leadership through various GOP administrations – supporting torture and murder to suppress dissent in other countries may be coming to America.
This is no idle conspiracy theory. As we pointed out in our editorial, the U.S. Congress has now given Bush enough legal maneuvering room to declare U.S. citizens supporters of terrorists. Since Bush has openly accused any American who disagrees with his disastrous "war on terror" a "tool of the terrorists," he is legally now able to "disappear" us. This is not idle theory. We no longer have the protection of habeas corpus, if Bush invokes his powers to fight "terror."
One of the key proponents, over the years, of torturing and murdering dissenters in nations that experience strong challenges to their oligarchies or ruling class elite is Henry Kissinger.
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
BuzzFlash Afternote: In an aside, it's worth remembering that after being dragged kicking and screaming into appointing an "Independent" 9/11 Commission -- Cheney and Bush both called then Senate Leader Tom Daschle to warn him not to "push" an "Independent" investigation of 9/11 -- Bush appointed Kissinger to head "the inquiry." Of course, Kissinger was appointed because he's the master of the whitewash -- and on the grandest of scales. Heck, this guy whitewashed both the Vietnam War and Operation Condor, among other horrors.
Kissinger, in short order, accepted and then resigned from running the "independent" 9/11 whitewash for Bush.
Well, the documentary "9/11: Press for Truth" offered one possible reason. The intrepid widows of 9/11, "The Jersey Girls," met with Kissinger after he was appointed by Bush to lead the 9/11 "inquiry." According to one of the spunky widows, they asked Kissinger if having Saudi Arabia as a client was a conflict of interest, considering that 15 of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, as is bin Laden. Then one of the widows asked if the bin Laden family itself was a client of Kissinger’s consulting firm (this is all in the film "Press for Truth"). At that point, according to one of the "Jersey Girls," Kissinger "nearly fell out of his chair."
Shortly thereafter, Kissinger informed Bush that he would not be serving as head of the 9/11 Commission after all.
If those in the CIA – an agency headed by George Herbert Walker Bush at the time – turned their heads and ignored terrorists’ plans to blow up a civilian jetliner in 1976, who’s to say they wouldn’t do the same thing in 2001? The facts show these people have a lot of explaining to do.
They think they can change the law and get away with torture, murder, illegal Iraq invasion and who knows what treasons we don’t know about. Got news for you BushCo. It ain’t gonna happen. People know. Thanks to DU and the rest of the global research community, we’re on to your treasonous asses. The jig is up for the BFEE.
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