Political Crimes and Abuse of Power
Dec 14, 2016 | Briefing Book br>
Washington D.C., December 14, 2016 - Operation Condor, the trans-border, multinational effort by Southern Cone secret police services to track down and “liquidate” opponents of their regimes in the 1970s, targeted officials of Amnesty International as well as other human rights groups, and planned overseas missions in Paris and London, according to a comprehensive CIA report on Condor operations just released by the Obama administration. “The basic mission of Condor teams to be sent overseas,” according to the CIA, was “to liquidate top-level terrorist leaders.
Nov 25, 2016 | Briefing Book br>
Washington, D.C., November 25, 2016 – Exactly thirty years ago, President Ronald Reagan announced to the nation – after weeks of denials – that members of his White House staff had engaged in a web of covert intrigue linking illicit U.S. support for a guerrilla war in Central America with an illegal and politically explosive arms-for-hostages bargain with the Islamic Republic of Iran. The revelation quickly led to a new phrase – “Iran-Contra” – which became synonymous with political hubris, government incompetence, and dishonesty in the public sphere.
Oct 8, 2015 | Briefing Book br>
Related links CIA Acknowledges Ties to Pinochet’s Repression Report to Congress Reveals U.S. Accountability in Chile September 19, 2000 OSCARS: DECLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS TELL HISTORY BEHIND BEST FOREIGN FILM NOMINATION, "NO" Once secret CIA, defense and state department records fill in gaps in Chilean film depicting media campaign to oust general Augusto Pinochet February 22, 2013 Dubious Secrets Update 14 Million New Secrets May 3, 2004 Chile and the United States: Declassified Documents Relating to the Military Coup, September 11, 1973 September 11, 1998
Oct 7, 2015 | News br>
Washington, DC, October 7, 2015 - U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne said that “evidence of heavy-handed police tactics” was “strong and disconcerting” after a 2011 clash with student protestors from Ayotzinapa normal school left two youths and a gas station employee dead and several others wounded, according to a declassified cable from the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City.
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.