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    CIA memo shows Brazil's ex-dictator authorized torture and executions



    Newly unearthed document details Ernesto Geisel’s approval of over 100 executions of ‘subversives’, sparking immediate outcry in Brazil



    Tom Phillips Latin America correspondent
    Fri 11 May 2018 17.12 BSTLast modified on Fri 11 May 2018 20.55 BST



    The memorandum was sent to then secretary of state Henry Kissinger by CIA chief William Colby on 11 April 1974. Photograph: PABrazil’s former dictator Ernesto Geisel personally approved the summary execution of his regime’s perceived enemies, according to a newly unearthed CIA memo that has reopened a bitter debate over one of the darkest chapters of contemporary Brazilian history.

    Matias Spektor, the São Paulo-based academic who discovered and distributed the document on Thursday, called it “the most disturbing I have read in 20 years of research”.


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    The memorandum, sent to then secretary of state, Henry Kissinger, by the CIA director, William Colby, on 11 April 1974, details a meeting it said had taken place a few days earlier between Geisel and three Brazilian generals.

    One tells Geisel, who ruled Brazil from 1974 until 1979, the regime “cannot ignore the subversive and terrorist threat” it faces. “Extra-legal methods should continue to be employed against dangerous subversives,” Gen Milton Tavares de Souza is quoted as saying.
    De Souza informs Geisel that 104 such “subversives” were summarily executed by military intelligence in the previous year – a policy a second general insists should continue.
    According to the US account, Geisel notes that such killings could be “potentially prejudicial” and asks for a few days to consider whether such tactics are appropriate. The following week Brazil’s president concludes “the policy should continue but that great care should be taken to make certain that only dangerous subversives were executed”.

    The revelation sparked an immediate outcry in Brazil where Geisel, who died in 1996, is remembered as one of the more benign leaders of Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship, who oversaw a gradual relaxation after a brutal five-year period known as the anos de chumbo or years of lead.
    A 2014 report by Brazil’s truth commission blamed the dictatorship for at least 191 killings and 210 disappearances.

    “It’s an astonishing document,” Pedro Dallari, the former head of that commission, told the G1 news website, calling on the armed forces to face up to their responsibility for such crimes.

    In a front-page article, O Globo, one of Brazil’s leading newspapers, said the memo, which was published by the US state department in 2015 but only uncovered in Brazil this week, proved Geisel “gave the green light to savagery”.

    Ricardo Noblat, a political commentator, claimed it gave the lie to the idea that “crazed and out of control” junior officials alone were responsible for the killing and torture. “[The memo] makes it clear Geisel did far more than simply tolerate the crimes committed by his colleagues in uniform. He knew about and authorized many of them.”
    The focus on the junta’s murderous tactics comes amid an upsurge in support for rightwing politicians, some of whom, like presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro, openly praise the dictatorship’s iron rule.


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    Bolsonaro shrugged off Geisel’s alleged sanctioning of summary executions on Friday. “Who’s never given their kid a spank on the bum and then regretted it? These things happen,” he was quoted as saying by the Estado de São Paulo.

    Susanna Lira, a film-maker whose latest documentary, Torre das Donzelas, focuses on a notorious dictatorship-era jail whose inmates included ex-president Dilma Rousseff, called the memo a “staggering” reminder of torture, murder and disappearances committed by the military regime.

    “Most worrying of all is knowing that to this very day we have high-flying politicians who defend such methods as state policies,” Lira added.

    My note: The false accusations against Rousseff and Lula are the ongoing and currently resurgent forces of Brazilian fascism - likely backed by the USA now, as in the past.
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    Kissinger should have been burned at the stake for this. Not to mention the bloodshed he helped Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge pull off in Cambodia.

    Pure pond scum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by James Lewis View Post
    Kissinger should have been burned at the stake for this. Not to mention the bloodshed he helped Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge pull off in Cambodia.

    Pure pond scum.
    ...and the Coup and torture, disaster-capitalism in Chile under Pinochet; Operation Condor, and so many, many other crimes against Humanity,Peace, Justice, the laws of War, and just democracy and decency Kissinger is directly responsible for.....
    If there is no struggle there is no progress. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” - Frederick Douglass
    "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws. - Mayer Rothschild
    "Civil disobedience is not our problem. Our problem is civil obedience! People are obedient in the face of poverty, starvation, stupidity, war, and cruelty. Our problem is that grand thieves are running the country. That's our problem!" - Howard Zinn

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    And this is a man whom Hillary Clinton idolizes. Is it any wonder why I wouldn't vote for her?
    "Logic is all there is, and all there is must be logical."

    "Truth is logic, and logic is truth."

    "In a nation run by swine, all pigs are upward-mobile and the rest of us are fucked until we can put our acts together: not necessarily to win, but mainly to keep from losing completely." - Hunter S. Thompson

    "A paranoid is someone who knows a little of what's going on. A psychotic is a guy who's just found out what's going on." - William S. Burroughs

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