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Chile Convicts 20 Pinochet-Era Intelligence Agents for Role in Operation Condor
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Saturday, 22 September 2018 12:01

Excerpt: "Chilean judge Mario Carroza ordered 20 former agents of Chile's infamous National Intelligence Direction (DINA) to serve prison time for their roles in the kidnapping and murder of 12 victims of the CIA-backed Operation Condor Friday."

Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet (L) greets U.S Foreign Secretary Henry Kissinger (R) in 1976 as Operation Condor is launched. (photo: Creative Commons)
Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet (L) greets U.S Foreign Secretary Henry Kissinger (R) in 1976 as Operation Condor is launched. (photo: Creative Commons)


Chile Convicts 20 Pinochet-Era Intelligence Agents for Role in Operation Condor

By teleSUR

22 September 18


The former agents were found responsible for the kidnapping, torturing, murdering and disappearing 12 civilians.

hilean judge Mario Carroza ordered 20 former agents of Chile’s infamous National Intelligence Direction (DINA) to serve prison time for their roles in the kidnapping and murder of 12 victims of the CIA-backed Operation Condor Friday.

“The intelligence agents of our country, in these cases, in collusion with those of Argentina, Paraguay, and Bolivia did not only coordinate the detention of the victims, but also created the conditions to lock them up and transfer them to our country with the sinister purpose of confining them in clandestine centers to interrogate them, torture them and later eliminate them with extreme cruelty,” Carroza’s ruling states.

Operation Condor was a joint intelligence operation, in which the intelligence services of Argentina, Brasil, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Bolivia worked together to hunt down political opposition across borders in an attempt to eliminate dissent against United States-backed military regimes.

The transnational intelligence operation ran for 10 years facilitating state terror throughout the Southern Cone. The Archives of Terror, a set of documents detailing military and intelligence communications among the countries involved, found in Paraguay in the early nineties, listed 50,000 people murdered and 30,000 forcibly disappeared.  

Raul Iturriaga and Christoph Willike were sentenced to 17 years in prison; Pedro Espinoza, Juan Morales, Jorge Escobar, Federico Chaigneau, and Miguel Riveros to 15 years in prison; Carlos Lopez and Gladys Calderon to 10 years; and Eduardo Oyarce. The other former agents received prison sentences of between 100 days and seven years.

The judge also ordered the state to pay compensations of between US$30,000 and US$134,000 for moral damage to the families of the 12 victims.

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+15 # nice2bgreat 2018-09-22 14:54
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The heroes are dead -- tortured and murdered by State-funded psychopaths for power and greed, exploitation and terrorization of the masses in collusion with the CIA and other regional states.

Families of the victims and people in the communities suffered not only then, but throughout.

The meager financial compensation is an insult. The meager punishments of the guilty sends the wrong message.

There should be confiscation of wealth and property of the guilty; and that wealth transferred to the families of the heroes.

I have reservations about punishing children and family for crimes committed by others. But these crimes are the worst of the worst for the most sinister of reasons.

Financial opportunities for the families of the victims were directly and ultimately influenced by the actions of the guilty; and the guilty's prosperity was (in many ways) predicated upon their complicity in atrocities.

There never can be justice, but there should be something more; an indication -- without going middle ages on relations and descendants -- that recognizes that these things don't just happen and are natural outgrowths of war, just crimes.

These are manifestations of sinister plots by sociopaths and psychopaths.

These are conspiracies by the ideologically ambitious against protectors of the people and the environment -- these are greed and power-driven wars against leftists.

And to the ends of exterminating opposition and oppression, it was a success.
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+6 # Texas Aggie 2018-09-23 03:04
This is one of the reasons I had to gag when voting for the person who regards Kissinger as her mentor. Kissinger played an essential role in this atrocity and has never suffered for what he did. He did this kind of thing all over the world from Viet Nam to South America to Central America to Africa. When even Powell says that the overthrow of Allende was not one of our finest hours, you know that it stunk to high heaven.
 
 
+6 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-09-23 08:21
& the monstrous Kissinger still strolls free.
 
 
0 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-09-24 15:40
Kissinger has been indicted in Washington D.C. for his roll in the murder of a Chilean General who refused to kill Allende. He belongs in prison NOW.