Most Important Revelations in The
from John Dinges "Condor" Archive
Foreign Affairs suppressed
debate about Kissinger and Condor
about Condor-related court cases in Spain, Italy, France, Argentina and
Chile (English and Spanish)
Consulted Kissinger about Attack on Peru
Condor: The Plan that Backfired on Pinochet and his Allies;
Operación Cóndor: El Plan que volvió contra Pinochet
y sus aliados
Peru was member of Condor/
Perú: Socio de Cóndor
Una Década de Terrorismo Internacional en el Cono Sur
(Ediciones B noviembre 2004).
John Dinges, The Condor Years: How Pinochet
and His Allies Brought Terrorism to Three Continents (The
New Press 2004/2005).
Spanish translation by Ediciones B, Spain and South America. French and
"Kissinger explained his opinion that the Government of Argentina had
done an outstanding job in wiping out terrorist forces." --State Department
This is the underground history of the international Dirty Wars by U.S.
allies in South America. It is the first "War on Terrorism"
and the parallels to the current wars are a cautionary tale. For much
of a decade, six allied military governments engaged in secret warfare
intended to wipe out their enemies, kidnapping and murdering up to 30,000
people. At the initiative of Chilean president General Augusto Pinochet,
and with initial encouragement from the CIA, they set up a multinational
terrorist organization, Operation Condor, to pursue those who escaped
to other Latin American countries, Europe and the United States. Award-winning
journalist John Dinges, using newly available U.S. documents and the dictatorships'
own files, tells this gripping story from the point of view of those who
have tried to keep it secret. He dispassionately lays bare the true extent
of U.S. complicity in the crimes of the dictators who called the United
States "the leader." Revolutionaries, intelligence operatives, U.S. officials--many
speaking for the first time--recount the brutal struggle between Condor
and its enemies. Revelations in the book
include the never before told story of U.S. intelligence lapses that detected,
but failed to prevent an assassination by our anticommunist allies in
Now, after decades of relentless pursuit, investigators and judges are
using the international trail of Condor’s crimes to reverse the impunity
the generals have enjoyed for so long, starting with Pinochet’s own arrest
in London. The still-ongoing Condor prosecutions are changing international
human rights law forever.
The Condor Years directly from The
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by John Dinges
Index terms: Operacion Condor, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay,
Paraguay, Brazil, Brasil, Bolivia; Human Rights, torture, repression,
CIA, Central Intelligence Agency, Junta Coordinadora Revolucionaria, MIR,
ERP, Tupamaros, ELN, Che Guevara, Roberto Santucho, Henry Kissinger, DINA,
Military intelligence, inteligencia militar, revolution, Salvador Allende,
Stroessner, Hugo Banzer, Jorge Videla, Aparicio Mendez, Juan Jose Torres,
SIDE, SID, SIE, Batallon 601, Robert Scherrer, Carlos Prats, Zelmar Michelini,
Hector Gutierrez Ruiz, Michael Townley, FBI, Ed Koch, Orlando Letelier,
PVP, OPR33, Bernardo Leighton, Baltasar Garzon, Baltazar, assassination,
terrorism, war on terror, intelligence failure, Andres Pascal Allende,
Edgardo Enriquez, Miguel Enriquez, Manuel Contreras Sepulveda, Jose Osvaldo
Riveiro, JorgeOsvaldo Rawson.
Latest Reviews of The
El Mostrador: "John Dinges lanza
'libro definitivo' sobre la alianza del terror."
La Republica (Peru): "Polemico
libro de John Dinges" (text version)
Toronto Now: CRUEL CONDOR
that echoes of the Condor campaign reverberate today in the massive pooling
of intelligence, the compromised intelligence relationships, the gleaning
of information from the torture centres run by U.S. allies and even cross-border
targeting for assassinations."
The Miami Herald:
lifts the lid on Operation Condor in this compelling and shocking account…
As Dinges reveals, Condor was far more sinister than once thought. "As
a secret treaty," he says, "Condor elevated human rights crimes
to the highest level of state policy, under the direct control and manipulation
of the heads of state and ministers of government." And he backs
Francisco Chronicle: "Dinges
is able to go into remarkable detail in exposing the actions of both the
opposition groups and the military strongmen who battled them."
The Washington Post:
"Dinges assembles a scrupulous, well-documented and indignant
prosecutor's brief, all the more arresting for its judiciousness and restraint."
Affairs: "This is a remarkable book and a major
contribution to the historical record."
Weekly: "Soon enough ... vivid stories and details
emerge: double agents, the euphemisms of the spy trade (e.g. "wet work"
for assassinations, bumbling murderers and rebels, and cynical U.S. diplomats.
Dinges's meticulously documented study is a cautionary tale for today's
war on terror..."
Seymour Hersh: "Nobody
knows what went wrong inside Chile like John Dinges, and nobody has gotten
inside the American operation like he has."