Argentine ‘death flight’ pilots get life for 100s of junta opponents thrown into ocean

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… from Russia Today, Moscow

It is a shame that this has not happened in Israel, a place where Count Folke Bernadotte’s murderer became Ariel Sharon’s driver and bodyguard

[ Editor’s Note: It is a pity that Argentina does not have the death penalty, or even better, executing convicted perpetrators in the manner they used with their victims. Then we would have the videos of the cringing perps in their last few moments before being thrown out of the plane into the ocean.

No, I am not a meanie. I just believe in compensatory justice, that the guilty should be punished in a manner that fits their crime(s), as a deterrent. I would make watching the videos part of all cadet training, about the obligation of not having to obey an illegal order, when the person issuing it should be taken into custody.

Do the families feel better about the trauma they suffered? Not all, but I think most of them would. And they are owed that, and also some serious financial compensation.

The US was chummy with Argentina during this time, and was aware of this official murder capaign. It was still the Cold War days where all kinds of “illegal killings” went on. And this would include the US getting its hand wet.

The perpetrators never feared they would stand accused one day

VT knows someone who was offered heading up the Central American death squads as a promotion during those turbulent years. He quit on the spot, literally walking out of the meeting. He became an instant outcast, but later on morphed into a silent hero as the story became known within a small circle as someone who stood up for refusing an illegal order, or promotion in this case.

Unfortunately a certain US ambassador was offered and took the job. He went on to having a “successful” career, with this nasty part of his resume airbrushed out. 

But for every one of these horror stories, there are many more that we don’t know. VT salutes all those who have fought the good fight to hunt these murderers down, and then the harder fight, to get them prosecuted. God bless you all… Jim W. Dean ]

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We can bring back the dead, but we can give some justice to their families

– First published … November 30, 2017

Judges in Argentina have given life sentences to the former ‘death flights’ pilots after hundreds of people opposing the country’s 1976-83 military junta – including a close friend of Pope Francis – were thrown into the ocean.

A major ruling on Wednesday marked the “first” such Argentinian judgment against pilots involved in the notorious ‘death flights,’ local media reports. During the operations, opponents of Argentina’s military regime that ruled the country from 1976 until 1983 were thrown into the waters of the Atlantic.

According to the verdict, the announcement of which lasted almost four hours, 29 former service members were sentenced to life imprisonment, 19 were sentenced to eight to 25 years, and six were acquitted, local media report.

There are 54 defendants in the major trial. It also involves cases of 789 victims of a secret detention center – known as the Navy Mechanics Higher School (ESMA) – where up to 5,000 people opposing the repressive junta regime are believed to have been vanished.


The five-year trial – called the ‘mega cause’ in Argentina – exposed the chilling practices of systematic torture and the killing of thousands of people, including left-wing opponents of the regime and members of Argentina’s urban guerrilla groups, but also human rights activists and relatives of those forcibly disappeared by junta forces.

Esther Careaga and the Pope

In a series of hearings, it emerged that numerous victims were drugged, loaded onto ‘death flight’ aircraft, and thrown into the freezing waters of the southern Atlantic Ocean.

Among ESMA victims was Esther Careaga, a close friend of Jorge Bergoglio, who later became Pope Francis. She was thrown to her death from a plane one night in December 1977, along with two French nuns and nine others.

“Careaga was a good friend and a great woman,” Beroglio said when the body was identified in 2003. The future pontiff met Careaga, a biochemist and his boss at the time, when he worked as an apprentice at a pharmaceutical laboratory in Buenos Aires in the early 1950s.

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  1. in the rest of the western world the death penalty is considered uncivilized and cruel torture, as well as not of any use considering future crimes. Several researches have proved that rehabilitation, better prison systems work. I suggest to watch the docu Hellstorm, proving the involvement of americans in creating WW II,the docu Operation Gladio, the docu Ringworm Children, proving american radiation equipment was used to murder palestinian sephardic jewish children with dark complexions, resulting in the dominance of Ashkenazi jews in Israel, Juri Lina and the days of the Serpent, proving those creating the Bolsjewik revolution in Russia were trained in the USA, and the moviedocu Dirty Wars, proving Obama’s JSOC with their killlist of some 3000 people a day. As for the pope Francis. His role during the argentinian Videla system is not undisputed as is the role of our dutch Queen Maxima’s father during the same government.

    • It was not done to murder them. They were just used as testing subjects versus using European Jews. The con was they were using it to kill head lice. Rabbi Weiss of Neturie Karta went over this during two hours of studio interviews ten years ago.

  2. Well, at least there is some sort of justice being served. If these criminals were tried in the U.S. they would have been given probation and appearances on Infowars. Or made into heroes on Breitbart.
    This reflects very badly on the U.S. and once again adds to the distrust and loathing the rest of the world has for America.
    The operations by the CIA, the School Of Americas, along with the clandestine operations America was involved in throughout Latin America. This is the ugly truth about America: that it has aided and abetted the worst of the worst throughout that region, that it has toppled legally elected governments and replaced them easily corrupted and cruel psychopaths, that it has created situations that has led to the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, that it has supplied the military training and hardware as well as political support for these tin pot dictators.

  3. But, as always, a covert one, a clandestine one ; so the description of the US as ‘chummy’- in any case, ironical – is not so inappropriate.

  4. Yep, Russell (FB). And Milton Friedman and the Chicago boys should have been at the head of the queue. Well, perhaps after Pinochet.

  5. JD,
    Here’s to hoping you have those same sentiments regarding punishment “fitting the crime” IF indeed any victim on the (supposed) Clinton murders/Arkenside list are found true? May be tricky making Hillary commit Arkenside by shooting herself three times in the back of her own head, though?

    Personally, I’d rather see war criminals such as the Clinton/Bush/McCain/Con-gress types do their Life term in a cramped, steamy Gitmo cell with no electric and primitive plumbing. This should include a 24/7 live vid feed with worldwide access and comments feed where even the govt-sponsored trolls can “toss stones.” This would also give potential future criminals something to chew on.

    Perhaps only then will these criminals finally feel pure unadulterated shame — something execution can’t deliver. Then again, treason does call for Cap Punishment. OFF with their heads!

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