Indictments of Kissenger and Bush

The US government has released the first batch of documents relating to the

violence unleashed between 1973-1990 by General Augusto Pinochet’s

dictatorship in Chile. Reading some of the memos, cables and intelligence

reports, I was shocked — the shock of recognition.

The documents shockingly show what many people already knew. US officials

helped Chile’s secret police, DINA, or covered up their atrocities. Try to

imagine a US official writing:

"Severe repression is planned. The military is rounding up large

numbers of people, including students and leftists of all descriptions, and

interning them. 300 students were killed in the technical university…"

An October 26, 1973 CIA cable reports on Pinochet’s plan "to destroy

any and all resistance within two months." And, the cable continues,

"This will require more killing by the military…"

A February 5, 1974 cable refers to DINA using techniques "taken

directly from the Spanish Inquisition, which often left the person

interrogated with visible bodily damage."

Washington covered up Pinochet’s excesses so that Congress — the public –

wouldn’t know.

Listen to a September 27 1973 report from US Ambassador Nathaniel Davis. He

offers a job description for "an advisor …qualified in establishing a

detention center for the detainees who will be held for a relatively long

period of time."

The "advisor must have knowledge in the establishment and operation of

a detention center." Davis suggests that the State Department send tents,

blankets, etc…which need not be publicly and specifically earmarked for

prisoners" — so as not to admit we’re outfitting Chilean concentration


In June 1976, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger visited Pinochet in Chile.

Indeed, Kissinger had helped Pinochet organize six South American secret

police forces to form OPERATION CONDOR. The CIA had even donated to DINA a

sophisticated computer that allowed agents to conduct surveillance on exiled

dissidents and then murder them – as DINA did in 1974 to former Chilean Chief

of Staff Carlos Prats in Buenos Aires.

In June 1976 Kissinger visited Pinochet in Chile and blessed his regime

Three months later, in September 1976, three months after Kissinger approved

Pinochet’s methods, CONDOR agents assassinated former Chilean Chancellor

Orlando Letelier in Washington, DC. Ronni Moffitt, Letelier’s American

colleague at the Institute for Policy Studies, also died in the car bombing.

US officials traced the assassination to Pinochet’s office but stopped

short of charging him. They all knew Pinochet was guilty. They knew his thugs

had beaten and administered electric shocks to the genitals of some 200,000

Chileans, that they had murdered 3200 people in Chile. By applying pressure,

Washington could have stopped the horror. Chile’s military depended on the US

for legitimacy and support.

How now to use the documents that show US officials countenanced torture

and murder? First, support the current Spanish case charging Pinochet with

crimes against humanity. Second, extradite Pinochet for assassinating Orlando

Letelier. Finally, consider charges against Henry Kissinger and George Bush,

who, documents show, willingly abetted mass murder and torture.

Saul Landau is the Hugh O. LaBounty Chair of Interdisciplinary Applied

Knowledge at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 3801 W. Temple

Ave. Pomona, CA 91768 tel – 909-869-3115 fax – 909-869-4751

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