Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

June 8, 2016

Operation Condor and US Torture: Prosecute US War Criminals

Considered by legal experts as war criminals, former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld, former president George W. Bush, and former vice-president Dick Cheney, with their hands over their hearts. (Photo: via PRI)

By Brenda Norrell
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Dutch translation by Alice Holemans at NAIS:

The US is continuing its War on Big Mountain, for its cheap dirty coal electricity for southern Arizona. This article documents the US CIA role in terror and Operation Condor in South America, calling for the global prosecution of Bush, Cheney and other War criminals.

Rebecca Gordon, describes the US CIA role in torture in her article Crimes of the War on Terror: Should George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Others Be Jailed?

"The cold was terrible but the screams were worse," Sara Mendez told the BBC. "The screams of those who were being tortured were the first thing you heard and they made you shiver. That's why there was a radio blasting day and night."

Mendez was an early victim of Operation Condor, a torture and assassination program focused on the region’s leftists that, from 1975 to 1986, would spread terror across Latin America’s southern cone. On May 27th, an Argentine court convicted 14 military officers of crimes connected with Operation Condor, issuing prison sentences ranging from 13 to 25 years. Among those sentenced was Reynaldo Bignone, Argentina’s last military dictator, now 88. (He held power from 1982 to 1983.)

In his book The Condor Years, Columbia University journalism professorJohn Dinges reported that the CIA provided training for Chile’s secret police, computers for Condor’s database, telex machines and encoders for its secret communications, and transmitters for its private, continent-wide radio communications network.

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