Chilean prosecutor charges ex-US officer
in 1973 murder of American journalists
By Bill Van Auken
Charles Horman (lower right) and Frank Terrugi (lower left)
Targeted assassinations against so-called "enemies
of the American state" by the CIA have been going on for
years and years now - and anyone
who thinks that he is immune from becoming a target of
the CIA's wrath just because he is an American citizen
is just plain naïve or stupid. [Please
see our article, "Remembering
Dachau While Pondering the Fate of the CIA's Prisoners
Scattered around the World."]
Moreover, the assassination of American citizens occurs
not only outside the United States, but INSIDE
it as well as the murder of Gary Webb, an American journalist
who had the temerity to expose the CIA's role in creating
the drug epidemic in the United States, testifies. [Please
see our article, "The
Death of Gary Webb."]
There is a deep,
very dark secret the government doesn't want anyone
to know about - a secret so hideous and so repulsive
that if it ever became "common knowledge," or
- more to the point - if it were ever accepted
as true by the American people, the elites would
be swept away in a paroxysm of rage that would
make the Terror of the French Revolution look
tame in comparison: And that is, the so-called
"DRUG REVOLUTION" in the United
States which has done so much to ravage the poor
in this country - especially the black community
- is the invention of the elites.
Trouble is, most white Americans will never admit
to this fact no matter how much proof is offered
them regarding this matter - and they point to
such people as Colin Powel, Condelezza Rice, Barack
Obama, etc. who have very obviously joined the
elites in the "magic circle" as "window dressing"
designed to prove the LIE. The
lie about what? - that the great mass
of the black community remains permanently confined
to the nation's ghettos, caught in a vicious cycle
of drug addiction and prison with no way out.
It's a lie that most white Christians have embraced
with gusto, so that -
"... seeing they see not; and hearing they
hear not, neither do they understand.
"And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias,
which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall
not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and
shall not perceive." (Matthew 13:13-14)
And if some brave soul speaks out with regard
to the truth of the matter, he runs the very grave
risk of ending up like Gary Webb - with a CIA
bullet in his head, OR,
at the very least, relegated to the radical fringe
with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam,
or worse, with the Commies and radical socialists
who - despite America's win insofar as the Cold
War is concerned - are still hunted down like
rabid dogs by the elites.
[We urge you to see our article, "Measuring
the Depravity of the Elites: Pacifying the Poor
through Drug Addiction."]
What follows is an article by Bill Van Auken concerning
the 1973 targeted assassination of Americans Charles Horman
and Frank Terrugi by intelligence operatives acting under
the direction of the American Embassy in Chile.
Naturally enough, there are many Christians who -
like Gloria Cooper and others
of her ilk - will draw back in fear as a result of the
intimidation such assassinations are meant to instill
in the citizenry - AND THAT CERTAINLY APPLIES TO THOSE
CHRISTIANS WHO PROTEST AGAINST THE ALLIANCE THE LEADERS
OF THE CHURCH HAVE MADE WITH THE U.S. [Please see
our article, "Christians:
Once Again on the Wrong Side of History."]
But those who do so should remember the words of Christ:
"Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of
me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation;
of him [or her] also shall the Son of man be ashamed,
when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy
angels." (Mark 8:37)
A judge in Chile last week issued an indictment against
a retired US Navy officer in connection with the arrest,
torture and murder of two American journalists, Charles Horman
and Frank Terrugi, in the wake of the CIA-backed military coup
led by Chilean Gen. Augusto Pinochet that toppled the government
of President Salvador Allende on September 11, 1973.
Capt. Ray Davis
Judge Jorge Zepeda has charged Capt. Ray Davis (retired) with
providing the Chilean secret police with intelligence that led
to the abduction and murder of Horman and Terrugi and with failing
to take any action to stop the killings. At the time of the
coup, Davis was the chief of the US Military Group at the American
embassy in Santiago. The judge has filed a motion with the country's
Supreme Court to seek Davis's extradition from the US.
The slaying of Horman and Terrugi, who were supporters of the
Allende government, was carried out as part of a savage wave
of repression that saw tens of thousands of people tortured
and executed and hundreds of thousands more forced into exile
by a US-supported dictatorship that went on to rule the country
for 17 years.
The slaying of Horman and Terrugi, who were supporters of the Allende government, was carried out as part of a savage wave of repression that saw tens of thousands of people tortured and executed.
The crime became known to a broad public in the US and internationally
with the 1982 release of the Costa Gavras film Missing,
which dramatized Horman's father's search for his missing son
and his ultimate realization that the US government was itself
deeply implicated in his murder.
Missing is a 1982 American drama film directed
by Costa Gavras, and starring Jack Lemmon, Sissy Spacek,
Melanie Mayron, John Shea, Charles Cioffi and Janice Rule.
It is based on the TRUE
story of American journalists Charles Horman and Frank
Terrugi, who disappeared in the bloody aftermath of the
US-backed Chilean coup of 1973 that deposed leftist President
Salvador Allende. The film was banned in Chile during
Pinochet's dictatorship. [We urge you to order the
movie Missing from Netflix
(or whatever) and view it for yourself.]
Costa Gavras also produced and directed a second film
entitled State of Siege. Yves Montand plays Philip
Michael Santore, an official of the US Agency for International
Development (an organization sometimes used as a front
for training foreign police in counterinsurgency methods).
Posted to a fictional South American country in the early
1970s, Santorean is kidnapped by a group of urban guerrillas.
The story is based by Costa Gavras on an actual incident
in Uruguay in 1970 when U.S. Embassy official Dan Mitrione
was kidnapped and killed.
Using Santore's interrogation by his captors as a
backdrop, the film explores the often brutal consequences
of the struggle between the repressive government of Montevideo
and the leftist Tupamaro guerrillas. Using death squads,
the government decimates the revolutionary group, whose
surviving members vote to execute the smugly calculating
Santore, who is accused of arranging training in torture
and political manipulation. In the finale a replacement
U.S. official arrives, watched from the crowd by a defiant
and angry survivor of the radical group.
Poster for Costa-Gravas's film, State of Siege
(left); Dan Mitrone (center); Mitrone's body in
see our article, "U.S.-Trained
Death Squads in Bahrain;" for more information
on Mitrone; we also URGE you to see our article,
"The Horror of
John Dimitri Negroponte and Everything He Represents."
Negroponte worked closely with Mitrone in Latin America
in organizing death squads there; he is also responsible
for organizing Iraq's death squads - which now operate
in Iraq with the same kind of impunity that the death
squads he organized in Central America now operate. It
is PRECISELY because Negroponte's death squads
have become so efficient that the American government
has felt safe to pull its so-called COMBAT troops
our of Iraq - though the super-bases the Americans established
there remain, and await the return of US troops if that
Both Horman and Terrugi had worked as free-lance journalists
for the American Information Source (FIN), which was sympathetic
to the Allende government. Horman had also worked as a screenwriter
for the Chilean state film agency. At the time of his death,
he was reportedly investigating US involvement in the coup that
toppled the Allende government and led to the death of the Chilean
In his indictment, Zepeda states that US agents had branded
Horman's work for the state film company as "subversive," a
charge that was repeated by Chilean secret police agents who
abducted, tortured and murdered him. He also states that "there
are presumptions that following the covert operations that (Davis)
completed in Chile, designated against Charles Edmund Horman
Lazar, he decides to not annul the decision of the material
authors of this death, despite having the possibility of doing
The indictment states that given his "coordination with Chilean
agents," Davis had been "in a position...[to] prevent the murder."
This charge was previously substantiated by US State Department
documents declassified in 1999. One of them, a 1976 memo drafted
by three department functionaries, described the Horman case
as "bothersome" because of media attention and congressional
investigations. The memo stated that the Chilean junta had reason
to believe that "this American could be killed without negative
fall-out from the USG [US Government]."
It added: "US intelligence may have played an unfortunate part
in Horman's death. At best it was limited to providing or confirming
information that helped motivate his murder by the GOC [Government
of Chile]. At worst, US intelligence was aware the GOC saw Horman
in a rather serious light and US officials did nothing to discourage
the logical outcome of GOC paranoia."
This is a deliberate understatement
of the real US role, which included feeding intelligence
to the Chilean secret police agency DINA that served to stoke
the junta's "paranoia" and concurring with the secret police
that Horman's activities were "subversive," under conditions
in which so-called subversives were being rounded up, tortured
and shot by the tens of thousands.
All but a handful of CIA and US military documents on the case
remain classified, 38 years after Horman's murder, and those
that have been released were heavily redacted. There is strong
evidence, however, that US military and intelligence
agents had their own reasons to back Horman's execution.
had met Davis in the resort town of Viña del Mar,
near the Chilean port city of Valparaiso. While in Viña,
Horman had spoken to several American operatives and taken
careful notes documenting the US role—vehemently
denied by Washington—in the overthrow of the Allende
Horman had met Davis in the resort town of Viña del
Mar, near the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, during the coup.
Davis gave the 31-year-old American a ride back to Santiago
on September 15. He was subsequently arrested at his home. It
appears that the two met not merely by chance, as US intelligence
had been monitoring the activities of Horman and Terrugi in
the period leading up to the coup.
Valparaiso had served as key base for both the Chilean military
coup plotters and the US military and intelligence officials
who were supporting them. While in Viña, Horman had
spoken to several American operatives and taken careful notes
documenting the US role—vehemently denied by Washington—in
the overthrow of the Allende government.
Zepeda, who took charge of the case eight years ago, also indicted
a retired Chilean general, Pedro Espinoza Bravo, in the murders.
Brigadier Espinoza was the number-two man in the infamous DINA
secret police apparatus of the Chilean junta. He is charged
with direct participation in the interrogation of Charles Horman
in the offices of the Ministry of Defense before Horman was
murdered. Espinoza was already found guilty and sentenced to
a prison term of just five years for his part in organizing
the 1976 assassination of Orlando Letelier, who had served as
foreign minister, defense minister and ambassador to the US
under Allende. Both Letelier and his American aide Ronni Moffitt
were killed by a car bomb planted by Chilean agents. The
chief of DINA, Gen. Manuel Contreras, testified in 2005 that
the CIA had directly supported Letelier's assassination.
Orlando Letelier (left) and Ronni Moffitt (right);
center: bombed-out car that Letelier and Moffitt were
riding in. The then director of the CIA, George
H. W. Bush, was quickly told that DINA
and several of his contract agents were involved in
the assassination. However, he leaked a story to members
of Operation Mockingbird that attempted to cover-up
the role that the CIA and DINA had played in the killings.
Another ex-Chilean intelligence officer, Rafael Agustín
González Verdugo, was previously convicted in connection
with the case. He testified that Horman had been subjected to
interrogation and torture at the Ministry of Defense before
being executed. His body was subsequently moved several times
to prevent its discovery.
Frank Terrugi was reportedly taken from his home in Santiago
to the National Stadium, which in the wake of the coup was turned
into a concentration camp for over 10,000 political prisoners.
Like many others there, he was shot to death between September
21 and September 22.
There is little likelihood that the Obama administration will
extradite Davis or any other US official implicated in the Horman-Terrugi
murders and the other mass crimes carried out in Chile. [Please
see our article, "Are US Presidents
Afraid of the CIA."]
Successive administrations have shielded former US Secretary
of State Henry Kissinger, whose extradition has been sought
by Chilean prosecutors for his involvement in the coup and support
for subsequent repression.
Obama himself tapped Jeffrey Davidow to serve as his chief
adviser at the 2009 summit of the Americas in Trinidad. During
the 1973 coup in Chile, Davidow was the political officer at
the embassy in Santiago—a post that frequently serves
as cover for CIA operatives—and was himself intimately
involved in the Horman affair.
In Chile, the Association of Relatives of Disappeared Detainees
issued a statement supporting Judge Zepeda's indictment of the
ex-US officer. "This is important if the criminality of the
governments of the United States and their responsibility for
genocide in various countries on the continent begins to be
established juridically before the world," said the organization's
president, Lorena Pizarro.
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