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South America

Jul 31, 2015 | Briefing Book
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.

Jul 17, 2015 | News
Washington, D.C., July 17, 2015 - In an important victory for transparency and corporate accountability, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., has ruled that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) should release to the National Security Archive some 9,257 pages of records produced by Chiquita Brands International to the SEC as part of an investigation of the company’s illegal payments to a Colombian terrorist organization, the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), a group responsible for egregious acts of violence during Colombia’s civil war.

May 6, 2015 | Briefing Book
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
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 10, 2014 | Briefing Book
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.

Oct 8, 2014 | Blog Post
OCTOBER 8, 2014 tags: 9/11, Chiquita Brands International, Eric Holder, National Liberation Army (ELN), Popular Liberation Army (EPL), Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), terrorism, United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), victims by Michael Evans A March 2000 Chiquita memo says that illegal payments were "for info on guerrilla movements." A March 2000 Chiquita memo says that illegal payments were “for info on guerrilla movements.”  

Jul 8, 2014 | Briefing Book
Washington, DC, July 8, 2014 – The Brazilian military regime employed a "sophisticated and elaborate psychophysical duress system" to "intimidate and terrify" suspected leftist militants in the early 1970s, according to a State Department report dated in April 1973 and made public last week.

May 23, 2014 | Briefing Book
Washington, DC, May 23, 2014 – Covert U.S. planning to block the democratic election of Salvador Allende in Chile began weeks before his September 4, 1970, victory, according to just declassified minutes of an August 19, 1970, meeting of the high-level interagency committee known as the Special Review Group, chaired by National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger. "Kissinger asked that the plan be as precise as possible and include what orders would be given September 5, to whom, and in what way," as the summary recorded Kissinger's instructions to CIA Director Richard Helms.

Apr 2, 2014 | Briefing Book
Washington, DC, April 2, 2014 – Almost two years before the April 1, 1964, military takeover in Brazil, President Kennedy and his top aides began seriously discussing the option of overthrowing Joao Goulart's government, according to Presidential tape transcripts posted by the National Security Archive on the 50th anniversary of the coup d'tat. "What kind of liaison do we have with the military?" Kennedy asked top aides in July 1962. In March 1963, he instructed them: "We've got to do something about Brazil." The tape transcripts advance the historical record on the U.S.

Nov 20, 2013 | Blog Post
Judge Rejects Chiquita’s Effort to Block Release of Documents on Terror Payments NOVEMBER 20, 2013 tags: AUC, chiquita, SEC, Securities and Exchange Commission, terrorism, united self-defense forces of colombia by Michael Evans A March 2000 Chiquita memo says that illegal payments were "for info on guerrilla movements." A March 2000 Chiquita memo says that illegal payments were “for info on guerrilla movements.”

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