By J. Patrice McSherry
This robust learn makes a compelling case concerning the key U.S. function in nation terrorism in Latin the US in the course of the chilly struggle. lengthy hidden from public view, Operation Condor used to be an army community created within the Seventies to cast off political competitors of Latin American regimes. Its key participants have been the anticommunist dictatorships of Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Brazil, later joined by means of Peru and Ecuador, with covert aid from the U.S. govt. Drawing on a wealth of tales, declassified documents, and Latin American basic assets, J. Patrice McSherry examines Operation Condor from quite a few vantage issues: its mystery constructions, intelligence networks, covert operations opposed to dissidents, political assassinations around the world, commanders and operatives, hyperlinks to the Pentagon and the CIA, and extension to valuable the United States within the Eighties. the writer convincingly indicates how, utilizing extralegal and terrorist tools, Operation Condor hunted down, seized, and completed political rivals throughout borders. McSherry argues that Condor functioned inside, or parallel to, the buildings of the bigger inter-American army procedure led through the us, and that declassified U.S. records clarify that U.S. defense officials observed Condor as a valid and beneficial 'counterterror' association. Revealing new information of Condor operations and clean proof of hyperlinks to the U.S. safeguard institution, this debatable paintings deals an unique research of using mystery, parallel armies in Western counterinsurgency thoughts. it is going to be a clarion name to all readers to contemplate the long term outcomes of clandestine operations within the identify of 'democracy.'