Political Crimes and Abuse of Power
Jul 31, 2015 | Briefing Book br>
Washington D.C., July 31, 2015 – General Augusto Pinochet refused to accept a police report identifying his own military as responsible for burning two teenage protesters alive in July 1986, according to declassified U.S. documents posted today by the National Security Archive. Pinochet’s action initiated a high-level cover-up of the infamous human rights atrocity known as the case of “Los Quemados”—the burned ones—which killed 19-year old Rodrigo Rojas de Negri and severely disfigured 18-year old Carmen Gloria Quintana.
White House Efforts to Blunt 1975 Church Committee Investigation into CIA Abuses Foreshadowed Executive-Congressional Battles after 9/11Jul 20, 2015 | Briefing Book br>
Washington, D.C., July 20, 2015 - Forty years ago this year, Congress’s first serious inquiry into CIA abuses faced many of the same political and bureaucratic obstructions as Senate investigators have confronted in assessing Intelligence Community performance since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
US: Mexico Mass Graves Raise "Alarming Questions" about Government "Complicity" in September 2014 Cartel KillingsMay 12, 2015 | Briefing Book br>
Related Links Migration Declassified The Archive's blog on Mexico, migration, and human rights "Mexican Authorities Implicated in Violence, but U.S. Security Aid Continues to Flow" By Cora Currier and Jesse Franzblau The Intercept May 8, 2015 "Suspende EU apoyo a batallón del Ejército implicado en el caso Tlatlaya: “The Intercept”" By Marcel Turati Proceso May 10, 2015 "After Long Fight, Groups Pry Memo on Migrant Killings From Mexican Government" By Elisabeth Malkin New York Times December 23, 2014
Operation Condor: National Security Archive Presents Trove of Declassified Documentation in Historic Trial in ArgentinaMay 6, 2015 | Briefing Book br>
In the News La evolución del Cóndor Director del prestigioso Proyecto Documentación Cono Sur del Archivo de Seguridad Nacional en Washington, habló en el juicio en Buenos Aires. Por Alejandra Dandan, Pagina 12, May 3, 2015 Día Nacional de la Memoria por la Verdad y la Justicia Embassy of Argentina, March 24, 2015 Carlos Osorio, compartió su experiencia Pagina 12 , March 24, 2015 Carlos Osorio, quien desde hace catorce años estudia los informes desclasificados Por Alejandra Dandan, Pagina 12, September 3, 2014
Mar 26, 2015 | News br>
Washington, DC, March 26, 2015 – Carlos Osorio, Director of the National Security Archive's Southern Cone Documentation Project, received a special award from the Argentine Embassy in Washington on March 23 for his work in providing critical documentary evidence and testimony to numerous high-profile trials in Argentina aimed at uncovering and prosecuting human rights violations by the military junta from 1976-1983.
Dec 22, 2014 | Briefing Book br>
Washington, DC, December 22, 2014 – With the Mexican government facing widespread public outrage over the alleged role of police and other officials in the September forced disappearance of 43 students, and the killings of at least six others, from Ayotzinapa Normal School, the country’s federal prosecutor (PGR) has for the first time declassified a document on the suspected participation of police in the kidnapping and massacre of hundreds of migrants in San Fernando massacres of 2010-11. The new revelations, along with key U.S.
Dec 10, 2014 | Briefing Book br>
Washington, DC, December 10, 2014 – Almost thirty years after the end of Brazil's military dictatorship, the Comissao Nacional da Verdade [National Truth Commission] today released its long awaited report on human rights violations by the security forces between 1964 and 1985.
Nov 16, 2014 | Briefing Book br>
Washington, DC, November 16, 2014 – Twenty five years have passed since the horrifying murders in El Salvador of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter, during a rampage by Salvadoran security forces in the early morning hours of November 16, 1989, on the campus of the University of Central America (UCA) in the country's capital. It has been twenty five years of grieving by the victims' families and the Jesuit community; and twenty five years of waiting for justice to identify and prosecute the killers.
Nov 4, 2014 | Blog Post br>
Sep 28, 2014 | Briefing Book br>
A 1980s-era document from the archives of El Salvador’s military intelligence identifies almost two thousand Salvadoran citizens who were considered “delinquent terrorists” by the Armed Forces, among them current President Salvador Sánchez Cerén, a former guerrilla leader. Other individuals listed include human rights advocates, labor leaders, and political figures, many known to have been victims of illegal detention, torture, extrajudicial execution, forced disappearance, and other human rights abuses.