September 21, 2013

IT WASN'T ENOUGH TO BE ANTI-AMERICAN AND ANTI-VIETNAMESE? HE WAS ANTI-CHILEAN TOO?:

Did US Intelligence Help Pinochet's Junta Murder My Brother?  (Janis Teruggi Page, Sep. 21, 2013, Mother Jones)

On September 21, 1973, a 24-year-old U.S. citizen named Frank Teruggi Jr. was executed in the National Stadium in Santiago, Chile, one of the first of thousands of victims of General Augusto Pinochet's murderous 17-year military dictatorship.  In the wake of the U.S.-backed coup that cost Frank, and so many others, their lives, I lost my older brother.  Forty years after his death, my family is still seeking a modicum of truth and justice for his murder.

The story of Frank's experience in Chile is not well-known.  He was an anti-Vietnam war activist from Chicago--as a student at CalTech, he started an SDS chapter there--who enrolled in the University of Chile in early 1972, drawn by the promise of Salvador Allende's "peaceful road to socialism." Along with a group of North American expats that included Charles Horman, the other U.S. citizen killed in the stadium, Frank worked at a small newsletter called FIN (Fuente de Informacion Norteamericano) translating and distributing articles on the activities of the U.S. government and corporations in Chile. [...]

The issue of what role, if any, U.S. intelligence officials who collaborated in the coup might have played in both Frank and Charles Horman's death remains the key mystery of this tragedy.  The Academy Award-winning 1982 movie Missing, postulated that Charles had been killed because he had stumbled across information of a covert U.S. role in the coup.

Our role should never have been covert; it's one of Nixon's few achievements.
Posted by at September 21, 2013 10:53 AM
  

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