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Ed Jewett
04-10-2010, 11:41 PM
Home Free: No Worries for Dr K as Complicity is Revealed (http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/1954-home-free-no-worries-for-dr-k-as-complicity-is-revealed.html) http://www.chris-floyd.com/templates/rt_terrantribune_j15/images/pdf_button.png (http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/1954-home-free-no-worries-for-dr-k-as-complicity-is-revealed.pdf) http://www.chris-floyd.com/templates/rt_terrantribune_j15/images/printButton.png (http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/1954-home-free-no-worries-for-dr-k-as-complicity-is-revealed.html?tmpl=component&print=1&page=) http://www.chris-floyd.com/templates/rt_terrantribune_j15/images/emailButton.png (http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/mailto/?tmpl=component&link=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5jaHJpcy1mbG95ZC5jb20vY29tcG9uZ W50L2NvbnRlbnQvYXJ0aWNsZS8xLWxhdGVzdC1uZXdzLzE5NTQ taG9tZS1mcmVlLW5vLXdvcnJpZXMtZm9yLWRyLWstYXMtY29tc GxpY2l0eS1pcy1yZXZlYWxlZC5odG1s) Written by Chris Floyd Saturday, 10 April 2010 23:48 Just think, it was once a "scandal" that an American secretary of state gave the green light to a program of "targeted killings" -- assassinations -- murders -- that he knew was about to take place. This was once considered a deeply serious matter -- so staining and shattering to the official's reputation that he has spent almost 35 years lying about it, and having other people lie about it for him: Cable Ties Kissinger to Chile Scandal (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/04/10/us/AP-US-Kissinger-Chile.html)(AP):



As secretary of state, Henry Kissinger canceled a U.S. warning against carrying out international political assassinations that was to have gone to Chile and two neighboring nations just days before a former ambassador was killed by Chilean agents on Washington's Embassy Row in 1976, a newly released State Department cable shows. ..

In 1976, the South American nations of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay were engaged in a program of repression code-named Operation Condor that targeted those governments' political opponents throughout Latin America, Europe and even the United States...The State Department drafted a plan to deliver a stern message to the three governments not to engage in such murders.

In the Sept. 16, 1976 cable, the topic of one paragraph is listed as ''Operation Condor,'' preceded by the words ''(KISSINGER, HENRY A.) SUBJECT: ACTIONS TAKEN.'' The cable states that ''secretary declined to approve message to Montevideo'' Uruguay ''and has instructed that no further action be taken on this matter.''

...The next day [after Kissinger's orders had been conveyed to U.S. ambassadors by an underling], on Sept. 21, 1976, agents of Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet planted a car bomb and exploded it on a Washington, D.C., street, killing both former Ambassador Orlando Letelier, and an American colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffitt. Letelier was one of the most outspoken critics of the Pinochet government.

Poor old Henry Kissinger. All that botheration, all those lies, all the years of gut-churning anxiety about scandal, even prosecution -- and for what? Mere complicity in state murder of foreigners carried out by a foreign government? Why, nowadays, we have U.S. presidents openly ordering the murder of American citizens (http://www.chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-news/1953-the-accomodationists-memo-to-liberals-on-the-white-house-death-warrants.html), and nobody bats an eye. There is no scandal, no prosecution -- there is not even any debate. It's just a fact of life, ordinary, normal, unchangeable: the sun rises in the east, cows eat grass, rain is wet, American presidents murder people. What's the big deal?

Anyway, thank God good old Hank is still with us, and that this honorable public servant has lived to see the day when honorable public servants (and so are they all, all honorable public servants) no longer have to worry about the petty snares of law as they go about their sacred duty of keeping us safe.

Magda Hassan
04-11-2010, 04:14 AM
Washington, DC, April 10, 2010 - Only five days before a car-bomb planted by agents of the Pinochet regime rocked downtown Washington D.C. on September 21, 1976, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger rescinded instructions (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/2_19760916_Actions_Taken.pdf) sent to, but never implemented by, U.S. ambassadors in the Southern Cone to warn military leaders there against orchestrating "a series of international murders," declassified documents obtained and posted by the National Security Archive revealed today.
The Secretary "has instructed that no further action be taken on this matter," stated a September 16, 1976, cable (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/2_19760916_Actions_Taken.pdf) sent from Lusaka (where Kissinger was traveling) to his assistant secretary of state for Inter-American affairs, Harry Shlaudeman. The instructions effectively ended efforts by senior State Department officials to deliver a diplomatic demarche, approved by Kissinger only three weeks earlier, to express "our deep concern" over "plans for the assassination of subversives, politicians, and prominent figures both within the national borders of certain Southern Cone countries and abroad." Aimed at the heads of state of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, the demarche was never delivered.
"The September 16th cable is the missing piece of the historical puzzle on Kissinger's role in the action, and inaction, of the U.S. government after learning of Condor assassination plots," according to Peter Kornbluh, the Archive's senior analyst on Chile and author of the book, The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1565845862/qid=1075765067/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/104-0164663-4213532). "We know now what happened: The State Department initiated a timely effort to thwart a 'Murder Inc' in the Southern Cone, and Kissinger, without explanation, aborted it," Kornbluh said. "The Kissinger cancellation on warning the Condor nations prevented the delivery of a diplomatic protest that conceivably could have deterred an act of terrorism in Washington D.C."
Kissinger's September 16 instructions responded to an August 30, 1976 secret memoranda (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/1_19760830_Operation_Condor.PDF) from Shlaudeman, titled "Operation Condor," that advised him: "what we are trying to head off is a series of international murders that could do serious damage to the international status and reputation of the countries involved." After receiving Kissinger's orders, on September 20, Shlaudeman directed his deputy (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/3_19760920_Operation_Condor.PDF), William Luers, to "instruct the [U.S.] ambassadors to take no further action noting that there have been no reports in some weeks indicating an intention to activate the Condor scheme."
The next day, a massive car-bomb claimed the life of former Chilean foreign minister Orlando Letelier and his 26-year old American colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffitt, as they drove down Massachusetts Avenue in Washington D.C. The bombing remains the most infamous attack of "Condor"—a collaboration between the secret police services in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and several other Latin American military dictatorships, to track down and kill opponents of their regimes. Until 9/11, the Letelier-Moffitt assassination was known as the most significant act of international terrorism ever committed in the capital city of the United States.
In the August 30th memorandum (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/1_19760830_Operation_Condor.PDF) Shlaudeman informed Kissinger that the U.S. ambassador to Montevideo, Ernest Siracusa, had resisted delivering the demarche against Condor assassinations to the Uruguayan generals for fear that his life would be endangered, and wanted further instructions. Shlaudeman recommended that Kissinger authorize a telegram to Siracusa "to talk to both [Foreign Minister Juan Carlos] Blanco and [military commander-in-chief] General [Julio César] Vadora" and a "parallel approach" in which Shlaudeman would meet with the Uruguayan ambassador in Washington. He also offered an alternative of having a CIA official meet with his counterpart in Montevideo. (This memo was obtained under the FOIA by Kornbluh.)
Several days earlier, the U.S. Ambassador to Chile, David Popper, had also protested the order to present the demarche to General Augusto Pinochet. "[G]iven Pinochet's sensitivities," Popper cabled, "he might well take as an insult any inference that he was connected with such assassination plots." Like Siracusa, Popper requested further instructions.
Kissinger did not respond to the Shlaudeman memo for more than two weeks. In his September 16th cable (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/2_19760916_Actions_Taken.pdf), Kissinger "declined to approve message to Montevideo" and effectively reversed instructions to the U.S. ambassadors in Chile and Argentina to deliver the demarche to General Augusto Pinochet and General Jorge Videla.
The cable was discovered by Archive Southern Cone analyst Carlos Osorio among tens of thousands of routinely declassified State Department cables from 1976.
"We now know that it was Kissinger himself who was responsible," stated John Dinges, author of The Condor Years (http://www.johndinges.com/condor/), and a National Security Archive associate fellow. "He cancelled his own order; and Chile went ahead with the assassination in Washington."
Only after the Letelier-Moffitt assassination did a member of the CIA station in Santiago meet with the head of the Chilean secret police, Col. Manuel Contreras, to discuss the demarche. The meeting took place the first week of October. In a secret memorandum (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/4_19761008_Operation_Condor.PDF) from Shlaudeman to Kissinger—also obtained by Kornbluh under the FOIA—he reported that passing U.S. concerns to Contreras "seems to me sufficient action for the time being. The Chileans are the prime movers in Operation Condor."
The memorandum makes no mention of the CIA pressing Contreras on the issue of the Letelier-Moffitt assassination. Several years later, the FBI identified him as responsible for that atrocity, and the U.S. demanded his extradition, which the Pinochet regime refused. In November 1993, after Pinochet left power, a Chilean court found Contreras guilty for the Condor murders and sentenced him to seven years in a specially-constructed prison.
Henry Kissinger's role in rescinding the Condor demarche was at the center of a contentious controversy at the prestigious journal, Foreign Affairs (FA), in 2004. In a FA review of Kornbluh's book, Council on Foreign Relations Senior Fellow Kenneth Maxwell referred to the undelivered demarche, and Shlaudeman's September 20th instructions to the ambassadors to "take no further action." In a response, the late William D. Rogers, Kissinger's close associate, lawyer, and a former assistant secretary of State, stated—incorrectly it is now clear—that "Kissinger had nothing to do with the cable." When Maxwell responded to Rogers letter, he reiterated that the demarche was never made in Chile, and that the Letelier-Moffitt assassination "was a tragedy that might have been prevented" if it had.
In response, Kissinger enlisted two wealthy members of the Council to pressure the editor of FA, James Hoge, to allow Rogers to have the last word. In a second letter-to-the-editor, Rogers accused Maxwell of "bias," and of challenging Shlaudeman's integrity by suggesting that he had countermanded "a direct, personal instruction from Kissinger" to issue the demarche, "and to do it behind his back" while Kissinger was on a diplomatic mission in Africa. When Hoge refused to publish Maxwell's response, Maxwell resigned from his positions at FA and the Council.
In the letter that his own employer refused to publish, Maxwell wrote that, to the contrary, "it is hard to believe that Shlaudeman would have sent a cable rescinding the [demarche] without the approval of the Secretary of State who had authorized [it] in the first place."He called on Kissinger to step forward and clarify the progression of policy decisions leading up to the Letelier-Moffitt assassination, and for the full record to be declassified.
The declassification of Kissinger's September 16th cable demonstrates that Maxwell was correct. It was Kissinger who ordered an end to diplomatic attempts to deliver the demarche and call a halt to Condor murder operations.

Documents
Document 1 - Department of State, Cable, "Operation Condor", drafted August 18, 1976 and sent August 23, 1976 (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/5_19760823_Operation_Condor.PDF)
This action cable signed by Secretary of State Kissinger reflects a decision by the Latin American bureau in the State Department to try to stop the Condor plans known to be underway, especially those outside of Latin America. Kissinger instructs the ambassadors of Argentina, Chile and Uruguay to meet as soon as possible with the chief of state or the highest appropriate official of their respective countries and to convey a direct message, known in diplomatic language as a "demarche." The ambassadors are instructed to tell the officials the U.S. government has received information that Operation Condor goes beyond information exchange and may "include plans for the assassination of subversives, politicians and prominent figures both within the national borders of certain Southern Cone countries and abroad." Further, the ambassadors are to express the U.S. government's "deep concern," about the reports and to warn that, if true, they would "create a most serious moral and political problem."
Document 2 - Department of State, Action Memorandum, Ambassador Harry Schlaudeman to Secretary Kissinger, "Operation Condor," August 30, 1976 (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/1_19760830_Operation_Condor.PDF)
In his memo to Kissinger dated August 30, 1976, Schlaudeman spelled out the U.S. position on Condor assassination plots: "What we are trying to head off is a series of international murders that could do serious damage to the international status and reputation of the countries involved." Shlaudeman's memo requests approval from Kissinger to direct U.S. ambassador to Uruguay, Ernest Siracusa, to proceed to meet with high officials in Montevideo and present the Condor demarche.
Document 3 - Department of State, Cable, "Actions Taken," September 16, 1976 (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/2_19760916_Actions_Taken.pdf)
In this cable, sent from Lusaka where Kissinger is traveling, the Secretary of State refuses to authorize sending a telegram to U.S. Ambassador to Uruguay, Ernest Siracusa, instructing him to proceed with the Condor demarche. Kissinger than broadens his instructions to cover the delivery of the demarche in Chile, Argentina and Uruguay: "The Secretary has instructed that no further action be taken on this matter." These instructions effectively end the State Department initiative to warn the Condor military regimes not to proceed with international assassination operations, since the demarche has not been delivered in Chile or Argentina.
Document 4 - Department of State, Cable, "Operation Condor," Septmber 20, 1976 (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/3_19760920_Operation_Condor.PDF)
Kissinger's Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs received his instructions on turning off the Condor demarche on September 16th. Three days later, while in Costa Rica, Shlaudeman receives another cable, which remains secret, from his deputy, William Luers, regarding how to proceed on the demarche. At this point, on September 20, Shlaudeman directs Luers, to "instruct the [U.S.] ambassadors to take no further action noting that there have been no reports in some weeks indicating an intention to activate the Condor scheme."

Condor's most infamous "scheme" comes to fruition the very next day when a car-bomb planted by agents of the Chilean secret police takes the life of former Chilean diplomat, and leading Pinochet opponent, Orlando Letelier, and his 26-year old American colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffitt, in downtown Washington D.C.
Document 5 - Briefing Memorandum, Ambassador Harry Schlaudeman to Secretary Kissinger, "Operation Condor," October 8, 1976 (http://www.gwu.edu/%7Ensarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB312/4_19761008_Operation_Condor.PDF)
In his October 8 memo to Kissinger transmitting a 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."

Keith Millea
04-12-2010, 05:03 PM
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/11

Published on Sunday, April 11, 2010 by Inter Press Service (http://ipsnorthamerica.net/news.php?idnews=2986) New Evidence: Kissinger Rescinded Warning Against Condor Assassinations

by Jim Lobe

WASHINGTON - Five days before the assassination in downtown Washington of former Chilean Defence Minister Orlando Letelier, then-Secretary of State Henry Kissinger rescinded instructions to U.S. ambassadors in Latin America's Southern Cone to warn the region's military regimes against carrying out "a series of international murders", according to documents released by the National Security Archive (NSA) here.

http://www.commondreams.org/files/article_images/kissinger_0.jpgIn this Sept. 21, 1976 photo, firemen remove victims from a car shattered by a bomb blast on Embassy Row in Washington. Orlando Letelier, former Chilean ambassador to the U.S., and Ronne Karpen Moffitt, his aide, were both killed in the blast. Kissinger canceled a U.S. warning against carrying out assassinations that was to have gone to Chile and two neighboring nations just days before. (AP Photo, File)

Kissinger "has instructed that no further action be taken on this matter", reads a declassified Sep. 16, 1976 cable sent by Kissinger's office from Zambia, where he was travelling at the time, to his assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, Harry Shlaudeman.
The "matter" in question concerned instructions sent under Kissinger's name to U.S. ambassadors to Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay Aug. 23, 1976, to make a formal demarche to the leaders of their host governments regarding Washington's "deep concern" about reports it had received of "plans for the assassination of subversives, politicians and prominent figures both within the national borders of certain Southern Cone countries and abroad".
The Aug. 23 cable ordered the ambassadors to warn to the highest possible officials that such plans - part of a secret, Chilean-led intelligence collaboration among the Southern Cone's military regimes known as Operation Condor - would "create a most serious moral and political problem".

When Washington's ambassador in Montevideo, Ernest Siracusa, balked at the directive, Shlaudeman explained to Kissinger in a memo one week later that the instructions were designed "to head off ...a series of international murders that could do serious damage to the international status and reputation of the countries involved".

Kissinger's Sep. 16 cable, which, along with the others, are posted at the NSA's website, fills in some key gaps in the chain of events leading up to the car bomb assassination of Letelier and a colleague, Ronni Karpen Moffitt, while they were driving to work at the Institute for Policy Studies less than two kilometres from the White House Sep. 21, 1976.

Until the 9/11 al Qaeda attack on the Pentagon, the assassination, which was carried out by agents of the regime of Chilean President Augusto Pinochet, was the most serious act of international terrorism committed in the U.S. capital.

In particular, it settles a controversy - played out most dramatically in the 2004 resignation of the senior Latin America specialist at the most influential U.S. foreign-policy journal, Foreign Affairs - over a Sep. 20, 1976 directive by Shlaudeman to his deputy, William Luers, to "instruct the (U.S.) ambassadors (in the region) to take no further action" on the Aug. 16 instructions. The cable noted that "there have been no reports in some weeks indicating an intention to activate the Condor scheme".

Both the Sep. 20 and Aug. 16 cables were previously released by the NSA, a non-profit group founded in 1985 and supported by private foundations.

"The Sep. 16 cable is the missing piece of the historical puzzle of Kissinger's role in the action, and inaction, of the U.S. government after learning of Condor assassination plots," said Peter Kornbluh, the NSA's senior analyst on Chile.

"We know now what happened: the State Department initiated a timely effort to thwart a 'Murder Inc.' in the Southern Cone, and Kissinger, without explanation, aborted it," he said.

While Kissinger himself has not spoken about his role, his defenders have insisted that he had nothing to do with Shlaudeman's Sep. 20 cable that countermanded the Aug. 16 instructions. Kissinger's Sep. 16 cable from Lusaka, however, makes it clear that Shlaudeman was acting at his boss' behest.

"The Kissinger cancellation on warning the Condor nations prevented the delivery of a diplomatic protest that conceivably could have deterred an act of terrorism in Washington, D.C.," noted Kornbluh, author of "The Pinochet File: A Declassified Dossier on Atrocity and Accountability".

Some analysts, including Kornbluh, believe that a strong U.S. warning of the kind pushed by Shlaudeman's bureau also could have discouraged hundreds of disappearances and killings of dissidents carried out by the intelligence services of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil, among others, as part of Operation Condor.

According to the cables, Siracusa, the U.S. ambassador in Montevideo, resisted his Aug. 16 instructions to deliver a demarche to Uruguay's military junta because he feared that his life would be in danger.

Shlaudeman recommended that Kissinger authorise a telegram to Siracusa "to talk to both (Foreign Minister Juan Carlos) Blanco and General (Julio Cesar) Vadora" while Shlaudeman would meet with the Uruguayan ambassador in Washington. As an alternative, he suggested that a senior CIA official meet with his Uruguayan counterpart in Montevideo.

The U.S. ambassador to Chile at the time, David Popper, had also objected to the Aug. 16 instructions, arguing that, "given Pinochet's sensitivities, he might well take as an insult any inference that he was connected with such assassination plots".

In his Sep. 16 cable, Kissinger explicitly "declined to approve message to Montevideo and has instructed that no further action be taken on this matter", effectively reversing the instructions to Popper and the U.S. ambassador in Argentina to make a demarche.

In early October - after the Letelier assassination - a Santiago-based CIA officer met with the head of the Chilean secret police (DINA), Col. Manuel Contreras Sepulveda, to discuss the demarche, although declassified documents obtained by the NSA offer no indication that the assassination came up in the exchange.

It was the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which first related Condor to the Letelier assassination. Shortly after the car bombing, an Argentine general told an FBI agent that DINA was the likely perpetrator, and the tip led to the prosecution and conviction of several DINA agents here and eventually to a prison term for Contreras, who called himself "Condor One".

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