A judge in Chile last week issued an indictment against a retired US Navy officer in connection with the arrest, torture and murder of two American journalists, Charles Horman and Frank Terrugi, in the wake of the CIA-backed military coup led by Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet that toppled the government of President Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973.
Judge Jorge Zepeda has charged Capt. Ray Davis (retired) with providing the Chilean secret police with intelligence that led to the abduction and murder of Horman and Terrugi and with failing to take any action to stop the killings. At the time of the coup, Davis was the chief of the US Military Group at the American embassy in Santiago. The judge has filed a motion with the country’s Supreme Court to seek Davis’s extradition from the US.It's way past time for the people of Chile to get justice. The US government is responsible for the massacre that took place. Henry Kissinger should have been put on trial for War Crimes a long, long time ago.
The refusal to hold Kissinger responsible, the need to 'rehabilitate' Tricky Dick Nixon, were the stepping stones that led to the current lack of accountability.
Chile was another 9-11 and we don't treat it as such. We are outraged by our own 9-11 but indifferent to what took place in Chile -- and our government was responsible for that.
But no one was ever held responsible.
Not even when US-backed thug Augusto Pinochet carried out his assassination of Orlando Letelier in DC. Yes, 'former' CIA agent Michael Townley did go to prison, 62 months. For murder, 62 months. Convicted of murder and only 62 months in prison. That's less than six years. Guess what he's in now? The US Federal Witness Protection Program. Doesn't it feel like it was ensured he'd get out of prison from the beginning? Probably due to the fact that the murder of Letelier was a joint-action between Pinochet and the CIA.
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