Italy: Five School of the America’s Grads Sentenced Sentenced in Condor Killings

Revelation comes after Italian court sentences 24 men to life behind bars for roles in US-backed state terror campaign

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Posted onen sentenced last week by an Italian court to life in prison for their roles in a brutal and bloody US-backed Cold War campaign against South American dissidents graduated from a notorious US Army school once known for teaching torture, assassination and democracy suppression.

On July 8 judges in Rome’s Court of Appeals sentenced the former Bolivian, Chilean, Peruvian and Uruguayan government and military officials after they were found guilty of kidnapping and murdering 23 Italian nationals in the 1970s and 1980s during Operation Condor, a coordinated effort by right-wing military dictatorships in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, Brazil and, later, Peru and Ecuador, against perceived leftist threats. The campaign, which was characterized by kidnappings, torture, disappearances and murder, claimed an estimated 60,000 lives, according to human rights groups. Victims included leftists and other dissidents, clergy, intellectuals, academics, students, peasant and trade union leaders and indigenous peoples.

The United States government, military and intelligence agencies supported Operation Condor with military aid, planning and technical support, as well as surveillance and torture training during the Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan administrations. Much of this support, which the US attempted to justify within the context of the global Cold War struggle against communism, was based at US military installations in Panama. It was there that the US Army opened the School of the Americas in 1946, which would graduate 11 Latin American heads of state over the following decades. None of them became their country’s leader by democratic means, leading critics to dub the SOA “School of Assassins” and “School of Coups” because it produced so many of both.  Read more:

Five Men Sentenced to Life for Operation Condor Killings Trained at School of the Americas


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  1. At the same time, a court in Trento (South Tyrol) sentenced many for organizing a jihadist terror organisation. Included in those sentenced to 6-11 years in absentia were two Norway citizens of kurdish extraction. And one resident of Oslo, Norway: “Mulla(h) Krekar” — or Najmaddin Faraj Ahmad — who has been wanted by North Irak and the U.S. of A for more than 20 years.
    All sentenced on very flimsy evidence. At least in Scandinavia, this has overshadowed the news about the verdict on the South American terror killers.

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