Wednesday, November 28th 2012 - 16:23 UTC

The clandestine repressive “Condor Plan” was masterminded by the Brazilian military

The head of Brazil’s Justice and Human Rights Movement, Jair Krischke stated before the Truth Committee that it was the Brazilian dictatorship which master minded the notorious Plan Condor, the South American military dictatorships undercover trans-border organization of the sixties and seventies.

Justice and Human Rights Movement Krischke presented the documents to the Truth Committee

Krischke who has researched dictatorships for decades said that “Brazil created the Operation Condor” which for years was unknown given the discreet way in which Brazilians implemented international repressive actions, in contrast with the military regimes of Argentina and Chile that were far more evident.

The administration of President Dilma Rousseff created last May the Truth Committee to look into the country’s past between 1954 and 1988. President Rousseff as a student leader spent over two years imprisoned by the military regime that ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985.

The seven-member Truth Committee includes lawyer Rosa Maria Cardoso who in the seventies defended among others Dilma Rousseff and which the military claimed at the time was an active member of a guerrilla movement. Ms Cardoso is coordinator of the specific research on the Plan Condor and received all the documents referred to the issue complied by Krischke.

Ms Cardoso said the committee is determined to unveil all Brazilian actions under the Plan Condor and anticipated that for some months she has been collecting facts and evidence that will be compiled into a final report to be delivered to President Rousseff.

Krischke research includes documents on operations by Brazilian agents committed at the beginning of the seventies in the region under the administration of Dictator Emilio Garraztacu Medici who ruled from 1969 to 1974, when at the time several South American were still under constitutionally elected governments.

Many of these crimes were committed at the beginning of the seventies against democratic leaders and guerrillas on the run and were previous to the formal creation of the criminal Condor organization, an “extremely important” fact says Krischke.

In November 1975 the Chilean dictatorship under General Augusto Pinochet coordinated a conclave with intelligence agents and military from South America in which the Condor Plan was formally institutionalized for the purpose of coordinating trans-borders repressive actions plus the creation of an exchange network of intelligence gathering.

Representatives from Chile, Argentina and Uruguay signed the minutes of the clandestine meeting in Santiago as well as the delegates from the Brazilian military government of then General Ernesto Geisel (1974/1979) which always acted with greater caution that the rest of their partners in crime.

“Dictatorships exchanged information, prisoners and coordinated killings in clandestine operations with no respect for international or diplomatic rules” said Krischke in Brasilia before the Truth Committee.

After going through hundreds of documents, travelling extensively in the region and advising Italian courts, Krischke argues that even when the Condor Plan started to operate as such following the 1975 secret summit, the trans-national repressive methodology with support from agents belonging to different countries is something the Brazilians were already implementing at least since 1970.

“Condor from 1970 to 1974 was not called as such, it had not been created as such yet, but it was already in action through an international network invented by the Brazilian military with the active support from Brazilian diplomats who had set up a very efficient espionage system”, revealed Krischke.

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1 Condorito (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 04:48 pm Report abuse
I have never subscribed to the version of recent history that blames our human rights abuses on US interfering. Our own regimes murdered and tortured in their own name.

Well done Brazil for setting up this Truth Committee. The best way to avoid mistakes of the past is to properly understand history.
2 Ken Ridge (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 05:35 pm Report abuse
Interesting article, according to our Arg bloggers/trolls operation condor was the US's doing.
At least one SA country is willing to admit the truth, though I don't doubt Arg will continue to blame the imaginary enemy.
Further proof of a well instigated indoctrination scheme.
3 Conqueror (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 05:44 pm Report abuse
Shame on you Chile for being involved in this “dirty” situation. Shame also on Uruguay. What other crimes have you committed? Shame, most especially, on Brazil. But this should enable the world to re-evaluate you. Squeaky image has gone. Let's see all the trials. Not just the scapegoats. Brazil is obviously not to be trusted. As for argieland? No surprise there. If there's anything belligerent, bestial, corrupt, criminal, disgusting, immature, mendacious, rapacious, thieving, vicious going on, argieland will be part of it. Good to see that the U.S. has been exonerated by Brazilians. Let's remember this for the next argie troll that starts rebbiting about “Operation Condor”. Right down at the bottom line, argieland was partly responsible. As we might expect. Something else for which argieland needs to be brought to justice.
4 Anbar (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 06:40 pm Report abuse
oh give over Conqueror - you're like a broken record of anti-LATAMism.
5 ElaineB (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 07:11 pm Report abuse
I think all our countries have episodes in our histories that we can be heartily ashamed of. The difference has been that some countries - including the UK - have held up their hands and admitted it. Others squirm and blame everyone else.

And nothing is black and white. History can be painted many ways but it is true that we should look at it with an open mind and learn from it if we want a better future.
6 briton (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 07:18 pm Report abuse
History as we know it,
Purely depends on who is telling , writing the story.

We all know that what is written down and thus archived is nothing but a mere fraction of what actually happened or what went on.

To be honest and move ahead with a clean sheet, should perhaps be what these countries should be thinking abt,

After all, are we suggesting that some have even more unknown, untold atrocities yet to come to light,
The human race has a lot to answer to and for,
Surely a clean sheet is worth trying for..
Just a clean thought .
7 MistyThink (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 08:22 pm Report abuse
For all i know
the “ condor ” is a brut bird lives and flies in every country airspace.
8 Condorito (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 09:14 pm Report abuse
Now that is just rude.
9 Ayayay (#) Nov 28th, 2012 - 10:41 pm Report abuse
Hear, hear. Clean sheets are nice.
10 British_Kirchnerist (#) Nov 29th, 2012 - 12:40 am Report abuse
Good for Brazil, following the lead of Kirchnerist Argentina in facing up to its past. Lets hope the junta leaders that are still alive end up in jail
11 Sergio Vega (#) Nov 29th, 2012 - 02:13 am Report abuse
6@ Smarts words.....History is not the truth ever.....This “history” or “fairy tail” told about the human rights is seen just from one side....the left, wich have done a very good job laiying about what really happened in our countries in the 70's & 80's....
Why it´s too rejectable a borderless goverment organization created to fight a borderless terrorist organization that attacked their institutional order with the openly declared mission to broke down the currently legal system choosen by the population of that countries by democratic ways......
In other words, I can do what I want against the other if and only if I´m leftist terrorist ruled by PC members with the Castro Bros & the che Guevada leading from La Habana....but you can´t do anything to protect the order and peace of your people under the constitution....
If there weren´t those extremist that were trying to broke the democratic order in those countries the “Plan Condor” wouldn´t be needed, it was a response to an agression from violentist groups that now are trying to show themselves as little lambs instead the real wolf they are......
The self defense is a legal way to supress the external atacks....
12 briton (#) Nov 29th, 2012 - 08:12 pm Report abuse
so you agree then.

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