Predatory States: Operation Condor and Covert War in Latin America (Google eBook)
This powerful study makes a compelling case about the key U.S. role in state terrorism in Latin America during the Cold War. Long hidden from public view, Operation Condor was a military network created in the 1970s to eliminate political opponents of Latin American regimes. Its key members were the anticommunist dictatorships of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil, later joined by Peru and Ecuador, with covert support from the U.S. government. Drawing on a wealth of testimonies, declassified files, and Latin American primary sources, J. Patrice McSherry examines Operation Condor from numerous vantage points: its secret structures, intelligence networks, covert operations against dissidents, political assassinations worldwide, commanders and operatives, links to the Pentagon and the CIA, and extension to Central America in the 1980s. The author convincingly shows how, using extralegal and terrorist methods, Operation Condor hunted down, seized, and executed political opponents across borders. McSherry argues that Condor functioned within, or parallel to, the structures of the larger inter-American military system led by the United States, and that declassified U.S. documents make clear that U.S. security officers saw Condor as a legitimate and useful 'counterterror' organization. Revealing new details of Condor operations and fresh evidence of links to the U.S. security establishment, this controversial work offers an original analysis of the use of secret, parallel armies in Western counterinsurgency strategies. It will be a clarion call to all readers to consider the long-term consequences of clandestine operations in the name of 'democracy.'
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Review: Predatory States: Operation Condor and Covert War in Latin AmericaUser Review - Goodreads
This book is a must read for anyone interested in US sponsorship of counterinsurgency in the Cold War period. Not only does the author clearly demonstrate that the US played a decisive role in the ...
Review: Predatory States: Operation Condor and Covert War in Latin AmericaUser Review - Kevin - Goodreads
After decades shrouded in secrecy, the efforts of the political scientist J. Patrice McSherry, investigative journalist John Dinges, and others, have made remarkable strides in exposing Western ... Read full review
Cold War Security Coordination The Global Context
Operation Condors Structures and Functioning The Parallel State in Operation
Condors Killing Machine Phase II Transnational Operations
Phase III Condors Assassination Capability
Commanders and Operatives of Condor
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Predatory States: Operation Condor and Covert War in Latin America
J. Patrice McSherry
Limited preview - 2005