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Tuesday, 10 October 2006 09:21

More on "Operation Condor," What Horrors May Await America, Kissinger, and the Disappeared

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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.

Bob Woodward recently told an interviewer that Dick Cheney called him up and swore at him for revealing that Kissinger is now advising Cheney and Bush.

We thought that for the record, we would amplify a bit the comment we made in our editorial that Kissinger avoids traveling to a number of nations because he would face judicial questioning about his role in "Operation Condor."

Here is one summary from Wikipedia that illustrates BuzzFlash’s point:

On May 31, 2001, French judge Roger Le Loire requested a summons served on Henry Kissinger while he was staying at the Hôtel Ritz in Paris. Loire claimed to want to question Kissinger for alleged U.S. involvement in Operation Condor as well as the death of French nationals under the Chilean junta. As a result, Kissinger left Paris that evening, and Loire's inquiries were directed to the U.S. State Department.

In July 2001, the Chilean high court granted investigating judge Juan Guzman the right to question Kissinger about the 1973 killing of American journalist Charles Horman, whose execution at the hands of the Chilean military following the coup was dramatized in the 1982 Costa-Gavras film, Missing. The judge’s questions were relayed to Kissinger via diplomatic routes but went unanswered.

In August 2001, Argentine Judge Rodolfo Canicoba sent a letter rogatory to the US State Department, in accordance with the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), requesting a deposition by Kissinger to aid the judge's investigation of Operation Condor. [11]

On September 10, 2001, a civil suit was filed in a Washington, D.C., federal court by the family of Gen. René Schneider, former Commander-in-Chief of the Chilean Army, asserting that Kissinger gave the order for the elimination of Schneider because he refused to endorse plans for a military coup. Schneider was killed by coup-plotters loyal to General Roberto Viaux in a botched kidnapping attempt, but U.S. involvement with the plot is disputed, as declassified transcripts show that Nixon and Kissinger had ordered the coup "turned off" a week prior to the killing, fearing that Viaux had no chance. As a part of the suit, Schneider’s two sons are attempting to sue Kissinger and then-CIA director Richard Helms for $3 million. On September 11, 2001, the 28th anniversary of the Pinochet coup, Chilean human rights lawyers filed a criminal case against Kissinger along with Augusto Pinochet, former Bolivian general and president Hugo Banzer, former Argentine general and dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, and former Paraguayan president Alfredo Stroessner for alleged involvement in Operation Condor. The case was brought on behalf of some fifteen victims of Operation Condor, ten of whom were Chilean.

In late 2001, the Brazilian government canceled an invitation for Kissinger to speak in São Paulo because it could no longer guarantee his immunity from judicial action.

Now, remember, that Operation Condor was one of many governmental sponsor actions of torture and murder that Kissinger and various Republican administrations covertly supported -–even training many of the torturers and death squad leaders at the School of the Americas (since renamed).

As we indicated, this includes Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Greece, Central America, East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan – and the list goes on and on.

With the radical, extremist wing of the GOP in full control of the American government, WE are the enemy. That is what Bush and his right wing media echo chamber has said again and again.

So, if you think Americans will not "disappear" if Bush continues to maintain unchallenged tyrannical powers, think again.

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.

Why?

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 Kissenger'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.