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Predatory States: Operation Condor and Covert War in Latin America
This powerful study makes a compelling case about the key U.S. role in state terrorism in Latin America during the Cold War. Long hidden from public view, Operation Condor was a military network created in the 1970s to eliminate political opponents of Latin American regimes. Its key members were the anticommunist dictatorships of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paragua ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 26th 2005 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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After decades shrouded in secrecy, the efforts of the political scientist J. Patrice McSherry, investigative journalist John Dinges, and others, have made remarkable strides in exposing Western audiences to Operation Condor – a U.S.-backed collaboration pact between South American dictatorships in the 1970s and 80s to target, torture, and assassinate political opponents across national borders, and indeed, on other continents as well. Though the basic framework of Condor has been known for some ...more
A good bit of historical research. One would hope that it serves as a jumping off point for further evidence and outlines of US operation of the Condor network as the subject is sadly neglected in US academia (for reasons one could probably infer.) Some aspects were admittedly neglected, atrocities and ops undertaken during antiguerilla campaigns in favor of those committed in seeking legal leftwing groups being one of them. McSherry’s book also could have benefited a bit by including a bit more ...more
This book is a must read for anyone interested in U.S. sponsorship of counterinsurgency in the Cold War period. Not only does the author clearly demonstrate that the U.S. played a decisive role in the creation of Operation Condor, she offers ample evidence that the U.S. offered more than training. U.S intelligence was used to select victims for disappearance, US communications technology was used to coordinate cross-border disappearances, and CIA officers were present and participated in the int ...more