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September 11?... Chile 1973, Chicago 2013: 40 Years of Neo-liberal attacks on our societies
by Kim Scipes

What do you think of when you hear the term “9-11”? September 11. A date. Does it remind you of the attacks on New York’s World Trade Center, or the attack on the Pentagon, or the attack that was frustrated by passengers in Pennsylvania? Will a local Chicago school be marking the date by honoring "first responders"?

It reminds me of all of these things but, more importantly, it reminds me of the FIRST 9-11, September 11, 1973, when the US helped overthrow the democratically-elected government of Salvador Allende in Chile. This wasn't the first time in the post-World War II period that the US Government had helped overthrow a democratically-elected government.


presidential palace bombed sept 11 1973
On September 11, 1973, the Presidential Palace in Santiago Chile was bombed by the Chilean Air Force as part of the military coup d-etat that overthrew the elected government of President Salvador Allende. Organized in cooperation with American corporations (including Anaconda Copper and IT&T), the coup leaders, including General Augusto Pinochet (who would become dictator for 17 years) rounded up as many popular, trade union, community and student leaders as they could on the day of the coup and in the following days. Many of those were rounded up based on lists provided to the CIA and Pinochet's people by American unionists working for the CIA-funded American Institute for Free Labor Development (AIFLD). Hence, the blood of those who were tortured and murdered by the Pinochet people is on the hands of several American unions, most notably the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), whose Cold Warrior policies included working with AIFLD and other CIA fronts in the "international free labor movement."
The US had done that in Iran in 1953, Guatemala in 1954, and Brazil in 1964. Plus, the U.S. government and corporations had supported dictators in a number of countries in the Caribbean, "Latin" America, Africa and Asia by that time.

But September 11, 1973 was the first one that many of us who came to political consciousness in the “1960s” experienced it directly.

protesters rounded up chile 1973
Protests against the September 11, 1973 coup d'etat in Chile were quickly and brutally suppressed, and leaders and members of protests were rounded up by the military and police and then tortured and murdered at various locations in the country, including the infamous soccer stadium in Santiago.
Nobody denied the basic facts, or denies them today. Salvador Allende was an experienced Chilean politician who worked to gain the presidency. He won in 1970 with a plurality, and according to the Chilean Constitution was put into power legally. He was no radical; politically, he could be described as a social democrat, someone who sought some form of “socialism” but wanted to achieve it through electoral politics.

Allende realized that Chile was being raped of its natural resources — most importantly, copper — by US multinational corporations such as Anaconda. These multinationals had invested something like $800,000 in Chile, yet had taken over $5 billion out—and climbing. Allende realized that he could not successfully address the development problems in Chile — the poverty, the lack of nutrition for children, the slums — without nationalizing the facilities owner by US corporations, and using the profits from the copper operations for the good of the Chilean people.

When he nationalized the US investments, he put himself on a collision course with the US Empire.

salvador allende
Following his 1970 election as President of Chile, Salvador Allende moved to nationalize the country's resources from the international corporations, many of them American, that had gotten control because of the corruption of previous Chilean governments. The coup d'etat that overthrew the Allende government and murdered thousands of its key activists on September 11, 1973 was organized by the Chilean military, the American corporations, and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
President Richard Nixon and National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger were personally involved in developing a strategy and providing resources to members of the Chilean military high command to help overthrow President Allende. [Also involved, unfortunately, was the leadership of the AFL-CIO, who were operating behind the backs of American workers and without their knowledge through an organization they had created for such purposes, AIFLD (American Institute for Free Labor Development).]
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Nixon and Kissinger did all they could to cut off development aid to Chile, both by the US government, but also by multilateral development institutes like the InterAmerican Development Bank and the World Bank, while increasing aid and training to the Chilean military.

When the military attacked on September 11, 1973, it was very carefully planned and resolutely followed out. La Moneda, the Presidential Palace in Santiago, was bombed, shelled by artillery and then invaded by troops. President Allende was found dead, with a weapon by his side. Initial reports were that over 30,000 people had been killed in the first few days, although current estimates are that between 3-5,000 died in those early days. But it was only a beginning. (Many bodies were hidden, buried in mass graves, or flown out over the Pacific where they were dumped out of aircraft and were fed to the sharks, never to emerge.)

Thousands “disappeared,” some after being confined in the National Stadium, or were killed while in the stadium. (Two Americans—Frank Teruggi and Charles Horman—were among those killed. The movie “Missing,” starring Jack Lemon, was an account of Horman’s father’s efforts to find out the fate of his son. Teruggi had done some organizing in Chicago earlier).

The military took over after the coup, and later General Augusto Pinochet became the “main man.” Soon, it was time for the infamous "Chicago Boys." Pinochet invited a group of economists trained at the University of Chicago to advise on reviving the economy. Nicknamed "The Chicago Boys" (since many of them were young proteges of economist Milton Friedman), they implemented a "free market" and privatization program that would later go by the name of neo-liberal economics. The objective was to remove any government regulation of the economy that had been implemented by the Allende administration. The only value they projected positively was profit-making, the so-called "free market" -- if something made a profit, it was good—if not, it was bad. And it didn't matter at what cost to the people the profits came.

Trade unions and any pro-workers organizations were disbanded, and their leaders tortured and killed.

victor jara
The world famous Chilean singer Victor Jara was among the thousands of activists tortured and murdered by the CIA-backed coup d'etat. According to the reports of witnesses, the torturers cut off Jara's finger and then taunted him to play his famous songs against oppression while his hands bled and he suffered in extreme pain. A lawsuit filed in the United States this month (September 2013) asks that one of those torturers, now living in the USA, be brought to justice in the United States 40 years after his crimes.
On the morning of September 12, Jara was taken, along with thousands of others, as a prisoner to the Chile Stadium (renamed the Estadio Víctor Jara in September 2003). In the hours and days that followed, many of those detained in the stadium were tortured and killed there by the military forces. Jara was repeatedly beaten and tortured; the bones in his hands were broken as were his ribs. Fellow political prisoners have testified that his captors mockingly suggested that he play guitar for them as he lay on the ground with broken hands. Defiantly, he sang part of "Venceremos" (We Will Win), a song supporting the Popular Unity coalition. After further beatings, he was machine-gunned on September 16, his body dumped on a road on the outskirts of Santiago and then taken to a city morgue where 44 bullets were found in his body.

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Social programs that fed the poor, or educated the masses, those that provided services to the mentally disabled, or supported working class families were terminated by Pinochet and the Chicago Boys at first opportunity. Charter schools proliferated, long before they were pushed in the USA. Social Security was largely privatized. The list could go on, and anyone interested can read much about it easily now that the Internet is available, as it was not in the 1970s.

Pinochet also smashed anyone or any organization that challenged the coup or his rule. His rule was all-but-absolute, and was not overturned until the early 1990s. Since then, there has been a struggle to find and publish the truth about what was done during those days, as two recent New York Times articles illuminated this month (see below).

Chicago 2013? The massive expansion of charter schools. Privatization wherever possible. "Race to the Top" in education...

Although we’ve yet to have the violence of the Pinochet dictatorship in the United States, our leaders — beginning particularly with Ronald Reagan and continuing today under Barack Obama — have been carrying out neo-liberal economic policies since the early 1980s and, just like in Chile, they have been a disaster for most of the people.

The United States is the most economically unequal of all of the so-called “developed” countries — in fact, we are more unequal that some of the poorest countries in the world, such as Bangladesh, Uganda and Vietnam. We have the highest imprisonment rate in the world. The contrasts between the "one percent" (start at the Gold Coast) and the lives of the "99 percent" (then drive to Englewood and continue south and east from there) is as stark in Chicago as anywhere.

And in 2013, another group of Chicago Boys, on orders from Rahm Emanuel, closed the largest number of public schools in the history of the USA. I could go on and on. When profitability is the only acceptable value, it empowers the wealthy and those who operate for them, while devastating the social reality we call “society.” At the same time, the US Government has put massive amounts of money into building its war machine; over $10 trillion dollars, conservatively, between 1981 and 2010.

We spend more money each year than our 14 closest military competitors combined! This is money than cannot be put into education, health care, rebuilding our infrastructure, addressing global climate change, or taking care of our people. We can try to dominate the world, or we can try to take care of our people, but we cannot do both.

For an in-depth look at the changes in the US economy since World War II, and the social impact of these changes, please see my 2009 article,

Neo-liberal Economic Policies in the United States: The Impact of Globalization on a ‘Northern’ Country


The developments I report are prior to the Great Recession and, thus, were not caused by the recession.

This brings us to Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel is on a “mission from god,” to destroy the Chicago Public Schools, and replace them with charter schools. Besides any ideological animosity to public education that might come from this graduate of one of the most expensive private colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence — and his kids are in the private, and very expensive, University of Chicago Lab School — Emanuel wants to turn public education into a “for profit” venture. Key to doing this is to break the Chicago Teachers Union.

Now, Emanuel will complain about the high cost of a unionized work force — and they do get paid more than non-union teachers, for sure — but the real issue is power. Emanuel wants no one to challenge his plans, and certainly wants no one to have the power to stop them and tell the public that the Emperor is naked, which the CTU did in the 2012 teachers’ strike. He cares not for the students, the parents, the teachers, or Chicago: it’s his way or the highway. Ultimately, he has this delusion of becoming the President of the United States, and he’ll throw anyone necessary under the bus to get his shot.

I’m sure, in his private moments, he wishes he could use the Pinochet option.

Think I’m exaggerating? Guess who closed down much of the South Loop in May 2012, and mobilized over 3,000 police—including state troopers—to defend a meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the greatest war-killing machine in the history?

I didn’t get the Mayor’s last name, but it sure sounded like Pinochet.
Wait until you see the new movie, “Four Days in Chicago,” which can be found at
Kim Scipes, Ph.D., is a former Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, who now is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Purdue University North Central in Westville, IN. He lives in Logan Square, Chicago. He focuses on the coup in Chile as a case study in his recent book, AFL-CIO’s Secret War against Developing Country Workers: Solidarity or Sabotage? (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010 hardback; 2011 paperback.)

His web site is at :

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Chile Recalls Coup With Flurry of Events and New Openness
Published: September 8, 2013

SANTIAGO, Chile — Sunday dawned with the dark shadow of a Hawker Hunter jet painted on a Santiago street, pointing toward the presidential palace. Hours later, tens of thousands of Chileans marched through the capital to commemorate when 40 years ago Chilean Air Force jets bombed the palace, helping to overthrow an elected socialist government and obliterate what had been one of South America’s healthiest democracies.

The resulting military dictatorship of Gen. Augusto Pinochet, who ruled for 17 years, suspended political and civil rights; censored the press; and imprisoned, tortured, exiled, abducted or killed tens of thousands of its opponents. Though there have been official reports about the human rights abuses since then, and some military officers have been prosecuted, many Chileans say the country has not yet fully come to grips with what happened.


Chilean’s Family Files Suit in U.S. Over His Torture and Death in ’73
Published: September 5, 2013

SANTIAGO, Chile — A former Chilean Army officer charged with murdering Víctor Jara, a popular folk singer, shortly after the 1973 military coup has been sued in a Florida court under federal laws allowing legal action against human rights violators living in the United States.

Mr. Jara, then 40, was a member of the Communist Party and an accomplished theater director and songwriter whose songs of poverty and injustice remain vastly popular. He was arrested with hundreds of students and employees at the Santiago Technical University, where he was a professor, a day after the Sept. 11 coup that ushered in 17 years of the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

The detainees were taken to Chile Stadium, used to hold thousands of prisoners. There, Mr. Jara was singled out with a few others, beaten, tortured and shot. His body, with 44 bullet wounds, was found dumped outside a cemetery with four other victims. The arena was later renamed Víctor Jara Stadium.


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Originally posted to Hyde Park Johnny on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 06:58 PM PDT.

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  •  Friedmanite Fascism (9+ / 0-)

    And Rahm Emanuel is scum.

    "When dealing with terrorism, civil and human rights are not applicable." Egyptian military spokesman.

    by Paleo on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:18:58 PM PDT

  •  brilliant first half (0+ / 0-)

    but really? You sure you want to link overthrowing lawful governments with school education? That seems rather thin

  •  Don't overstate your case (2+ / 0-)
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    Whatever Nixon and Kissinger wanted was pretty irrelevant.  The Chilean military didn't need any outside advice or support to carry out a coup, and I've never seen anything to indicate US support was crucial in any way to the success of the coup.  The US doesn't control the outcome of every event overseas.

    Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

    by Sky Net on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 07:43:20 PM PDT

    •  If you ignore years and years of history (9+ / 0-)

      the rise of fascism everywhere with US support before it became problematic to do so, supporting the Somoza regime, the Indonesian genocide, the economic ideology used by Pinochet and then helping him get off, sure.

      I gotta laugh at what I read at this site sometimes.

      Those who deflect debates about the issues with complaints about tone usually have a lot to atone for.

      by priceman on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 08:41:06 PM PDT

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    •  That's revisionist at best. The US had extensive (11+ / 0-)

      involvement beginning in the 1960s trying to manipulate elections and significant CIA involvement for many years.

      Chile, fairly unique among South American nations, had a long, solid tradition of democracy. Strong democracy went back over 40 years before the coup - to the 1930s.  It wasn't at all a given outcome that the Chilean military would carry out a coup without US encouragement and support. In fact, millions of dollars flowed to Chile for exactly that purpose.

      The USA supplied weapons and cash in 1970 specifically for the purpose of removing General René Schneider, head of the Chilean military, because he was a powerful constitutionalist who the CIA knew would oppose a coup. He was subsequently murdered trying to defend himself from being "kidnapped." With him now gone, others in the military had more power with which to conspire.  The CIA also paid "hush money" to Chileans involved, after the fact. How is that not material aid toward a coup?

      The CIA had advance knowledge of the 1973 coup planning against Allende for months.  They did nothing to warn his government, obviously, having encouraged the downfall of the military leader who would have blocked any later coups. At any rate, it was Kissinger's plan and his desire that Allende be deposed.

      It's just utterly false that the USA had no role in what was taking place. We'd spent millions for at least a decade to undermine democratic government in Chile.

      Here's someone who might disagree strongly with your commentary above.

      Kissinger is a war criminal and should be prosecuted. Your comment takes leave of the facts established in history.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 11:40:47 PM PDT

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      •  Aid (0+ / 0-)

        You're still making a broad assumption here that whatever US support for the coup that there was actually determined the outcome.  I'm pretty sure the Chilean military had sufficient weaponry and cash to kidnap Schneider and didn't need much to carry that out, but please do elaborate.

        I always think it's a bit rich when people say the US helped bring on the coup by blocking loans from the World Bank, which everyone here seems to believe has as its singular mission to destroy developing economies.  Funny how the logic breaks down there.

        MB's diary is pretty classic, calling Kissinger the architect of the coup because, you know, the Chilean military just couldn't figure out how to do it until Kissinger told them how.    There's this incredible desire to ensure the US is at the center of all stories, which simply isn't the case.  What do the Chileans think?  Have any of the coup plotters said they just couldn't have done it without us?

        Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

        by Sky Net on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 05:56:06 AM PDT

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        •  Because you say so, is pretty much the evidence (5+ / 0-)

          you cite.

          The millions of dollars, the decades of shady elections activities including stoking anger against democracy, the weapons delivered in military pouches and the hush money delivered to coup conspirators, these count for nothing, because the Chilean military was going to depose the leader elected no matter what.  After 40 years of solid democracy, the lower ranks of the military just decided to usurp power for no reason at all.

          It wasn't that Nixon literally ordered the economic screws put to Chile for desiring their socialist -- not Communist -- government. It wasn't the coup planning of Track 1 and Track 2 that Kissinger put into place.

          None of those years of US interference, money, clandestine meetings, political and economic pressure or weapons had any influence at all.

          You tell a remarkable tale of US non-collusion. The problem is that none of it is based in facts.

          You made an extraordinary claim about history, but provided no sources or links, only your own repeated statements which contradict known facts, known history.

          Meteor Blades diaries are accurate.  My citations are directly from history. Where is your evidence?

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 08:30:10 AM PDT

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          •  Evidence (0+ / 0-)

            Really, the burden of proof is on you.  Obviously the Chilean military did the coup for their own reasons, not because Kissinger ordered them to.  Like I said, if you find a coup plotter who said they undertook the coup to make Henry Kissinger happy, you let us know.  You need to demonstrate that whatever the US did had a material impact on the result.    And the fact that we didn't approve World Bank loans isn't going to convince anyone.  Allende didn't need our help to tank the Chilean economy.

            Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

            by Sky Net on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 12:18:59 PM PDT

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        •  Proof? Do you have any of that to go along ... (7+ / 0-)

          ...with your opinion? You call my diary "classic." It is, in fact, your unsourced commentary that is classic. Try this from actual documents in the National Security Archive. And we don't even know what was destroyed:

          The coup against Allende occurred on this date 40 years ago. The posted records spotlight Kissinger's role as the principal policy architect of U.S. efforts to oust the Chilean leader, and assist in the consolidation of the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile.

          Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

          by Meteor Blades on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 09:46:25 AM PDT

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          •  architect (0+ / 0-)

            Kissinger may have been the architect of US efforts, but that hardly makes him the architect of the coup, unless you believe everyone just follows Kissinger's orders everywherw in the world.

            But if you'd like a link, i'm happy to provide one.  If you can't get the whole piece let ne know and i'll try to cut and paste it when i'm not doing this on a mobile.

            Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

            by Sky Net on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 12:08:46 PM PDT

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            •  Oh, FFS... (6+ / 0-)

              ...No need to cut and paste. I have been a subscriber to Foreign Affairs for 41 years, so I have acces. Until I moved a couple of years ago, I had stacks of the publication hanging around my house.

              You're citing something written by a man who was joined at the hip with Kissinger for decades since his service in the State Department and who worked for Kissinger & Associates, which he co-founded, for 25 years.

              You might note the imbroglio between Maxwell and Foreign Affairs regarding what you linked, a fight that led to Maxwell's resignation because the publication broke its own long-standing rules by refusing to give Maxwell approval to publish a letter in response.

              New documents have come to light since Rogers's self-serving piece confirming Kornbluh's original views.

              You are going to have to do better than that.

              Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

              by Meteor Blades on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 12:36:32 PM PDT

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              •  Foreign Affairs (0+ / 0-)

                Actually the piece has a response from Maxwell appended.  You didn't mention anything in the article that you disagreed with so can't respond to that.

                Rogers' defense of the Nixon administration's human rights policy is weak, but his analysis of the situation on the ground in Chile seems pretty solid.  Chileans carried out the coup for their own reasons.  US policy at the time was pretty crappy, bit I think you give far too much credit to Nixon and Kissinger for their ability to micro-manage the actions of Chileans.

                Cynicism is what passes for insight among the mediocre.

                by Sky Net on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 12:55:16 PM PDT

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        •  The framing that its not a neoliberal support ... (4+ / 0-)

          ... for the Washington Consensus neoliberal policies unless the United State was the primary force in the coup itself is a phony framing.

          Its still neoliberal policy if other neoliberals outside the United States played a role in formulating the economic policies of the leader of the coup.

          Its still neoliberal policy if neoliberals in the United States merely welcomed the coup and took advantage of it to advance their agenda.

          Nobody can retain their credibility and also deny that South American military leaders were trained in neoliberal policy by the United States military. Given that Chile under Pinochet went adopted a full bore, nearly unadulturated neoliberal policy package, your argument devolves to whether we helped convinced the Chilean military of the validity of neoliberalism and they then overthrew the elected government with our documented support, or whether we drove the coup and then forced the Chilean military to adopt neoliberal policies.

          Chile offers in either case an example of the destruction done in support of neoliberal policies.

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          by BruceMcF on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 12:01:00 PM PDT

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    •  Sheer ignorance and complete untruth. (9+ / 0-)

      Posted in 1998 upon release of documents under FOIA.

      ...Despite the odds, Nixon ordered the CIA to try. The covert action to reverse the results of the Chilean election -- by political or military means -took the code name, "Project FUBELT."

      ..."The President asked the Agency to prevent Allende from coming to power or to unseat him," Helms added. The CIA had 48 hours to present an action plan to Kissinger....

      ...After Allende's inauguration on Nov. 3, the CIA continued working toward a military coup.

      ...The highlights of "Project FUBELT" were cited in both the newly released CIA documents and in papers uncovered by the 1975 congressional inquiry.

      Covert funds were funneled into Chilean congressional campaigns; CIA agents stayed close to disgruntled Chilean military officers; to keep the military on edge, the CIA planted false propaganda suggesting that the Chilean left planned to take control of the armed forces; and the CIA secretly poured $1.5 million into one of Chile's leading newspapers, El Mercurio.

      But the CIA covert operation was only one leg of what U.S. officials called "a triad" of actions toward Chile...A second leg was "correct but cool" diplomatic pressure and a third leg was the "invisible blockade" of loans and credits to Chile.

      ...At the Inter-American Development Bank, the NSC simply informed the U.S. representative that he did not have authority to vote for loans to Chile.

      A secret report -- prepared for Kissinger several weeks after Allende's inauguration -- said, "the U.S. Executive Director of the Inter-American Development Bank understands that he will remain uninstructed until further notice on pending loans to Chile. As ... an affirmative vote by the U.S. is required for loan approval, this will effectively bar approval of the loans."

      ...In addition, the president of the Export-lmport Bank agreed to "cooperate fully" with Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Charles Meyer on the discontinuation of new credits and guarantees to Chile.

      The Nixon administration also moved to isolate Allende's government diplomatically around the world.

      ...The mix of economic sabotage, political propaganda and army prodding worked. Allende found himself confronted by growing disorder and soaring inflation. At every turn, his policies encountered well-funded adversaries.

      On Sept. 11, 1973, amid the mounting chaos, Chile's military struck. In a classic coup d'etat, the army seized control of strategic sites throughout the country and cornered Allende in his presidential offices. ...

      ...CIA records detailing clandestine operations after the coup remain highly classified. But the "40 Committee," chaired by Kissinger, immediately authorized the CIA to "assist the junta in gaining a more positive image, both at home and abroad," according to documents previously revealed by the Senate Intelligence Committee....

      Now go read about Project FUBELT where
      • Handwritten notes, taken by CIA director Richard Helms, record the orders of President Richard Nixon, to foster a coup in Chile
      • In the first meeting between Helms and high agency officials on the secret operations codenamed "FUBELT", a special task force under the supervision of CIA Deputy Director for Plans, Thomas Karamessines, is established, headed by veteran agent David Atlee Phillips. The memorandum notes that the CIA must prepare an action plan for National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger within 48 hours.
      • Henry Kissinger, Thomas Karamessines and Alexander Haig (military assistant to Henry Kissinger), in a meeting on October 15, 1970, discuss promoting a coup in Chile, known as "Track II" of covert operations. Kissinger orders the CIA to "continue keeping the pressure on every Allende weak spot in sight.
      • In a secret cable, Thomas Karamessines conveyed Kissinger's orders to CIA station chief in Santiago, Henry Hecksher: "It is firm and continuing policy that Allende be overthrown by a coup."

      You think this was all some kind of fucking coincidence?

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      by Jim P on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 01:12:10 AM PDT

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      •  Denialist. It's sorta the reverse of conspiracy (5+ / 0-)

        theorist, I guess. Someone who doesn't think the USA ever did anything wrong.

        "I've never seen..." as an argument just isn't an argument. It is a denial of evidence, facts, and history.

        Failure to face the truth of history, documents, testimony, killings, money, weapons, contacts, election manipulation and on and on.... it is a denial of reality.

        I guess some people need that in order to get through their day.

        "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

        by YucatanMan on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 09:44:08 AM PDT

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  •  Excellent diary. When a government uses (9+ / 0-)

    surveillance to make list of "dissidents" or "activists" is because one day it will use it to round them up.

  •  Neocons/neoliberals - neofascists. em (5+ / 0-)

    “Never argue with someone whose livelihood depends on not being convinced.” ~ H.L. MENCKEN

    by shigeru on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 08:12:07 PM PDT

  •  I wish I could have written a diary such as this (4+ / 0-)

    ... Wednesday...

    "You must do what you feel is right, of course." - Obi-wan Kenobi, in Episode IV

    by Cassiodorus on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 08:25:48 PM PDT

  •  Great piece of writing, Hyde Park Johnny. (4+ / 0-)
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    YucatanMan, elwior, Jim P, gooderservice

    I always read your diaries on Chicago local issues, but this one is above average. Thanks for explaining the connection between what is happening in an American city and what happens in other countries in the name of  Free Market "reforms." I wish other cities would make this connection.  New York ? Philadelphia ? Anyone ?
    Wait, did I say "Free Market" ? I'm sorry, I meant Chicago School. Ha, ha, ha Chicago. Your city is tarred with Uncle Miltie's brush forever. Sux4u.
    Thanks again Johhny, have a nice night.

    The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

    by Azazello on Sat Sep 14, 2013 at 09:16:24 PM PDT

  •  Anyone who participated in Occupy in Chicago (3+ / 0-)
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    priceman, gooderservice, Azazello

    knows of Rahm Emanuel's police-state tendencies.  

    More generally, the point of neoliberalism is that, since "the market" is presumed by neoliberals to be smarter than the human race, people should be forced to participate in "market transactions," at gunpoint if necessary.  The inevitable economic crises produced by such a philosophy are taken as evidence that more markets must be imposed upon people.

    "You must do what you feel is right, of course." - Obi-wan Kenobi, in Episode IV

    by Cassiodorus on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 03:26:36 AM PDT

  •  What is a neoliberal? How do neoliberals (0+ / 0-)

    differ from liberals and libertarians?

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 07:50:13 AM PDT

    •  It has come to mean a collection of policies (1+ / 0-)
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      that include deregulation, privatization, and free trade. That's the economic side of it, anyway.

      Libertarians tend to want to shrink the State's role in the economy drastically, while most neoliberals don't. They are ok with big government as long it's pro-business.

      Liberals and leftists generally don't like policies that massively favor capital over labor.

      •  Thank you very much. nt (0+ / 0-)

        Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

        by hestal on Sun Sep 15, 2013 at 12:07:43 PM PDT

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