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Sat Mar 19, 2016, 12:04 AM

Obama to Unseal Files on Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’

Source: New York Times

WASHINGTON — President Obama is moving to declassify American military, intelligence and law enforcement records that could reveal what the United States government knew about Argentina’s brutal “dirty war” of the 1970s and ’80s, a senior adviser said on Thursday, hoping to pierce the shroud of secrecy that has surrounded a painful chapter in that country’s history.

Susan E. Rice, Mr. Obama’s national security adviser, said that the president would use a visit to Argentina on Wednesday and Thursday, which coincides with the 40th anniversary of the 1976 coup that began the war, to honor the victims and formally begin the declassification process.

“On this anniversary and beyond, we’re determined to do our part as Argentina continues to heal and move forward as one nation,” Ms. Rice said during a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

Human rights activists have long pressed for access to more classified United States records about the war, which lasted from 1976 to 1983, a period when the Argentine government and military carried out vicious crackdowns against dissidents and abducted thousands of people, including babies taken from parents who were detained.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/18/world/americas/obama-to-unseal-files-on-argentinas-dirty-war.html?smid=tw-share



WOW!

Thank you Mr. President!

I can hardly wait to read these files.

In 2002, under pressure from human rights groups, the United States government released 4,700 partly declassified State Department documents on Argentina from the period. Documents released in response to a separate freedom of information request by the National Security Archive revealed the extent to which top American officials had been aware of the Argentine government’s brutal tactics. Among them was an account of a conversation in 1976 between Henry A. Kissinger, then the secretary of state, and César Augusto Guzzetti, the Argentine foreign minister, in which Mr. Kissinger appears to condone the military’s crackdown.

“If there are things that have to be done, you should do them quickly,” Mr. Kissinger told Mr. Guzzetti, according to the declassified account.

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Reply Obama to Unseal Files on Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’ (Original post)
noretreatnosurrender Mar 2016 OP
dflprincess Mar 2016 #1
noretreatnosurrender Mar 2016 #2
elljay Mar 2016 #3
flamingdem Mar 2016 #4
hopemountain Mar 2016 #5
JDPriestly Mar 2016 #7
malletgirl02 Mar 2016 #14
L. Coyote Mar 2016 #12
JDPriestly Mar 2016 #6
billhicks76 Mar 2016 #8
Major Hogwash Mar 2016 #9
malletgirl02 Mar 2016 #15
Major Hogwash Mar 2016 #18
burrowowl Mar 2016 #10
L. Coyote Mar 2016 #13
L. Coyote Mar 2016 #11
Babel_17 Mar 2016 #19
noretreatnosurrender Mar 2016 #16
Grins Mar 2016 #17
Babel_17 Mar 2016 #20

Response to noretreatnosurrender (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 12:13 AM

1. Maybe it will help make it clear

why many of us don't think snuggling up to Kissinger is a good thing.

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Response to dflprincess (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 12:31 AM

2. Kissinger - Grrrrrrrr

Maybe the President was ticked off about the anonymous sourced story in the NYT that said he endorsed Hillary and decided to make this announcement this week instead of later.. Probably not but I'd sure like to think so.

Kissinger is certainly radioactive to this voter.

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Reply #2)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:13 AM

3. Who would have guessed

that Kissinger was involved?

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:23 AM

4. I think Obama has learned a great deal about

Latin America and is doing the right thing where he can.

Too bad he didn't know before the Honduran coup, he never would have allowed the right wing in the USA to control what happened there. At least I want to believe that is the case.

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:27 AM

5. and, he has support from the dems and many citizens to

do so.

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:38 AM

7. Yes. Obama is showing courage here.

It will not be helpful to Hillary, but the truth should come out.

Kissinger is Hillary's friend and she is proud of that fact.

Kissinger should not be allowed to enter the annals of history without facing the public reaction to at least some of the truth about his career and life.

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Response to JDPriestly (Reply #7)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 11:13 AM

14. I agree Obama is showing courage.

I think however, Bernie Sanders calling out Kissinger on national TV a the PBS debate, may had buffeted his courage. I think knowing another national politician was on his side helped.

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Response to flamingdem (Reply #4)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 10:36 AM

12. Deja DU: George Bush Sr. May Face Charges: Conspiring to Kidnap and Murder Political Activists

Here is a compilation thread with 167 posts on this topic.

George Bush Sr. May Face Charges: Conspiring to Kidnap and Murder Political Activists

L. Coyote Dec-12-07 07:40 PM - Original message

This Junta Day, 2007, news is a positive step towards justice.
Latin Americans are reacting to organized political murder of liberals and social activists.

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Plan Condor: Crimes Without Borders in Latin America
Marie Trigona - 12 Dec 2007 - http://upsidedownworld.org/main/content/view/1042/1 /


Former military dictator Jorge Rafael Videla and 16 other military leaders in Argentina will be prosecuted on charges of conspiring to kidnap and kill political activists in a scheme known as Plan Condor, developed by Henry Kissinger and George Bush Sr., head of the CIA at the time. Dictators in Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina killed opponents in the 1970s and 80s under the plan, also known as Operation Condor. The United States and Latin American military governments developed Operation Condor as a a transnational, state-sponsored terrorist coalition among the militaries of South America. In Argentina alone some 30,000 people were disappeared as result, leaving loved ones to seek justice decades later.

Coordinating Terror with U.S. support

Plan Condor began with the U.S. supported military coup against Chile's democratically elected socialist president, Salvador Allende. Allende's government was targeted as a threat to U.S. strategic policy in Latin America early on. White House tapes reveal that on Sept. 14, 1970, then-President Richard Nixon ordered measures to force the Chilean economy into bankruptcy. "The U.S. will not accept a Marxist government just because of the irresponsibility of the Chilean people," declared Henry Kissinger, Nixon´s secretary of State.

Declassified U.S. Department of State documents have provided evidence to Plan Condor's broad scope. The Operation was an ambitious and successful plan to coordinate repression internationally. FBI special agent intelligence liason to the Southern Cone countries Robert Scherrer (now deceased) sent the letter to the U.S. embassy in Argentina on September 28, 1976: "'Operation Condor' is the code name for the collection, exchange and storage of intelligence data concerning so-called 'leftists,' communists and Marxists, which was recently established between cooperating intelligence services in South America in order to eliminate Marxist terrorist activities in the area."

The memo also specified Argentina's enthusiasm over the plan. "Members of 'Operation Condor' showing the most enthusiasm to date have been Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. The latter three countries have engaged in joint operations, primarily in Argentina, against the terrorist target." Operation Condor has been difficult to investigate, due to the selectivity of victims and lack of official declassified documents from the CIA and Department of State. Many of the documents that have been released have been heavily censored. However, following an extensive investigation by Argentine courts beginning in 1999 and the decade long work of human rights groups to collect forensic evidence, 17 military leaders will be put on trial for their participation in the illegal persecution of social activists.

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:35 AM

6. Kissinger is, please not, Hillary's friend and adviser. And she is proud of it.

Maybe this information will help Hillary's campaign. sarcasm.

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:18 AM

8. Oh Hillary

 

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 02:38 AM

9. Unusual timing.

Why now?



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Response to Major Hogwash (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 11:41 AM

15. Bernie Sanders repudiating Kissinger.

I think Bernie Sanders repudiating Kissinger on national TV was part of it. Sanders brought Kissinger criticism away from the fringe to the mainstream.

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Response to malletgirl02 (Reply #15)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 12:33 PM

18. To be honest, I'm surprised that he isn't in prison by now.

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 04:05 AM

10. About time!

When is Kissinger going to be put on trial!

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Response to burrowowl (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 10:42 AM

13. When Bush and Reagan are.

They guys he worked for need to go on trial too.

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 10:31 AM

11. Remember when you could read about this on DU here:

Deja DU: Kissinger's extradition to Uruguay sought over Operation Condor
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=102x2781263

Before those pages were somehow lost to us.

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Response to L. Coyote (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:02 PM

19. I DU searched what you bolded and there a few links that mention it

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 11:57 AM

16. Pinochet/Chile Next

I hope once these documents are released he will then release the classified documents about Pinochet and Chile next.

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 12:06 PM

17. Sunlight. The best disinfectant. (N/M)

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Response to noretreatnosurrender (Original post)

Sat Mar 19, 2016, 01:18 PM

20. "Perhaps I can be of assistance. I am Dr. Henry Killinger."

"And this ((waving his murder bag)) is my Resume."

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