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Italy's Appeal Court Jails Collaborators 'Operation Condor'

by Oui Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 10:16:33 AM EST

Will this sentencing stand in Italy's highest court??

Processo d'appello contro i responsabili dell'Operazione Condor
Operazione Condor, 24 ergastoli a ex capi di Stato e 007 per 23 italiani uccisi

Italian court jails 24 over South American Operation Condor | The Guardian |

Prosecutors in the case drew on the precedent set in 2000 by the arrest in London of the former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet under the principle of "universal jurisdiction".

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In 2016, Argentina's last military dictator, Reynaldo Bignone, and 16 other former military officials were sentenced to years in prison, marking the first time a court had proved the existence of Operation Condor.

Last April, a newly declassified CIA document showed that European intelligence agencies sought advice from South America's 1970s dictatorships on how to combat leftwing "subversion".

"Representatives of West German, French and British intelligence services had visited the Condor organization secretariat in Buenos Aires during the month of September 1977 in order to discuss methods for establishment of an anti-subversion organization similar to Condor," the document stated.

According to the human rights prosecution office in Buenos Aires, 977 former military officers and collaborators are in jail for crimes relating to Argentina's dictatorship.

European spies sought lessons from dictators' brutal 'Operation Condor' | The Guardian  - April 2019 |

    The release of the documents fulfils a formal request made by Argentina in 2016, on the 40th anniversary of the military coup, during a state visit to Argentina by the then president Barack Obama. This third release marks the end of Declassification Project for Argentina, following the release of two tranches of the documents during Obama's administration.

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No doubt Trump will reverse the Obama era policy of de-classifying documents relating to illegal activities by intelligence agencies. Did Trump know about this latest de-classification, or did it simply escape his notice?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 04:54:55 PM EST
Remember Trump thinks the Continental Army took over airports in the 1700s.  Nobody knows what Trump knows - even Trump

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 06:42:50 PM EST
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Der Drumpfenfuehrer is like Humpty Dumpty: When he uses a word (or states a fact), it means just what he chooses it to mean--neither more nor less.
by rifek on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 11:57:38 PM EST
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Frank: Did Trump know about this latest de-classification, or did it simply escape his notice?

Ambassador Darroch has a guess.

by Bernard on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 06:44:29 PM EST
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Well at least there is an obvious solution: Appoint Farage as ambassador to the US, thereby pleasing Trump, the EU, and conservatives scared of the Brexit party. What could go wrong?

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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 07:11:02 PM EST
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Might as well.  We don't know what to do with competent ambassadors.  It's not like we often appoint such things.
by rifek on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 11:59:54 PM EST
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You are mistaken. No such "era" exists.
In 2002, the United States declassified over 4,000 State Department cables and other documents from the period of the Argentine military dictatorship. ... Secretary of State John F. Kerry delivered an initial set of 1,000 declassified records to President Macri on August 4, 2016.

  1. EO 13526 (2016) standardized US intel community classification system.
  2. Administrative Procedure Act (1946), of which LBJ signed the FOIA (1966), regulates scheduled declassifficaton of agencies' records.
  3. Obama used the Espionage Act to put a record number of reporters' sources in jail, and Trump could be even worse

POTUS are dicks. And I have commented extensively about the US House leadership duplicity in quashing WH authorized release of evidence produced by FBI and CIA since Trump's inauguration.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue Jul 9th, 2019 at 10:02:20 PM EST
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Only one actually jailed though - the rest have been sentenced in absentia, and it is doubtful whether their countries will extradite them.
by IdiotSavant on Wed Jul 10th, 2019 at 06:15:01 AM EST


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