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Hailed by Foreign Affairs as “remarkable” and “a major contribution to the historical record,” The Condor Years uncovers the unsettling facts about the secret U.S. ...
Hailed by Foreign Affairs as “remarkable” and “a major contribution to the historical record,” The Condor Years uncovers the unsettling facts about the secret U.S. relationship with the dictators who created this terrorist organization. Written by award-winning journalist John Dinges and newly updated to include recent developments in the prosecution of Pinochet, the book is a chilling but dispassionately told history of one of Latin America’s darkest eras. Dinges, himself interrogated in a Chilean torture camp, interviewed participants on both sides and examined thousands of previously secret documents to take the reader inside this underground world of military operatives and diplomats, right-wing spies and left-wing revolutionaries.
Dinges' account includes much new disturbing information and some remarkable revelations, particularly about the relationship of the United States to the Latin American intelligence agencies responsible for the Operation Condor assassinations and other systematic human rights violations. He cautiously weighs evidence of CIA support for Chile's notorious intelligence service, dina, and examines dina's role in targeting Pinochet's opponents at home and abroad. He also shows how contradictory U.S. behavior was, especially when human rights and intelligence concerns intersected. In June 1976, after Washington learned of planned assassinations outside of Latin America (including the targeting of a prominent U.S. Democratic member of Congress), U.S. support for the dictator began to wane. But Dinges sees this whole sorry episode as a classic case of "blowback": the unintendedconsequences of U.S. policies long kept secret from the U.S. public. This is a remarkable book and a major contribution to the historical record.
|A Note on Sources and Acknowledgments|
|1||The First War on Terrorism||1|
|2||Meeting in Santiago||10|
|3||Tilting at Windmills||23|
|4||Revolution in the Counterrevolution||41|
|5||Agents in Argentina||63|
|6||Mission in Paraguay||82|
|7||The Condor System||99|
|8||"The Old Man Doesn't Want to Die"||126|
|9||Death in Argentina||135|
|10||Green Light, Red Light||156|
|11||A Preventable Assassination||175|
|12||Kissinger and Argentina's "Terrorist Problem"||199|
|13||Ed Koch and Condor's Endgame||214|
|14||The Pursuit of Justice and U.S. Accountability||230|
Posted December 11, 2004